Mathieu Roy, a defenseman, was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes to a one-year contract. It’s believed that he will play in Charlotte with the Checkers, and provide veteran depth for a young Checkers blueline. He’s a native of Quebec, and played junior hockey for the Val d’Or Foreurs, where Jerome Samson also played. His full career stats can be found here.
Roy, an Edmonton Oilers draft pick in 2003, has spent the majority of his career in the AHL, though he did spend nearly half the season with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2009-10 before being traded to the Florida Panthers, and in turn being assigned to the Rochester Americans.
Last season with Norfolk, in 45 games with the Admirals, he had 22 points (4G, 18A) and was a +9. In four games against the Checkers, Roy was a -3 (0G,1A). He had 10 PIM after a fight with Brad Herauf on February 25 in Norfolk, and then with Brett Sutter at TWCA on April 4.
Roy has veteran experience and leadership that will be utilized by the Checkers this season. In 2006-07 he spent the majority of the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs who went on to win the Calder Cup, so he knows what it means to be part of a winning team and organization. He has been plagued with a number of injuries over the year, including a shoulder injury during his time in Edmonton, and an ankle injury in Columbus.
With 356 games under his belt at the AHL and NHL levels, he becomes the third member of the 2011-12 Checkers squad to be in the special veteran category which limits the number of vets allowed to be on the team’s starting roster. In the AHL, teams are required to dress 12 skaters each game with fewer than 260 starts in regular-season games. One veteran with more than 260 games and fewer than 320 games is also allowed. Last season’s Checkers didn’t have a single player with 260 starts under their belt, and this year may have as many as three guys in that middle category (Nicolas Blanchard, Jerome Samson and Brett Sutter), plus three players with over 320 starts. (Chris Durno, Jon Matsumoto and Mathieu Roy). It will be interesting to see if veteran status forces some of the above names to be healthy scratches throughout the course of the season.
Welcome to the Hurricanes organization, Mr. Roy!