The wait is long for Nicolas Roy. Not only does he expect that the activities will resume in the national hockey League, the striker of the Golden Knights Vegas wants to taste his first playoffs.
“I’m really looking forward to it! All the guys in Vegas, we speak of the partisans and of the crowd!”, he declared Friday night on TVA Sports, with a smile.
“It is feverish and we can’t wait for this to happen. We will enjoy it and we had a good team. We go for the cup!”
A native of Amos, the centre of 6 feet, 4 inches and 200 pounds was a selection of the fourth round of the Hurricanes of the Caroline in 2015. The “Knights ‘ Gold” have made the acquisition last summer, with a choice of the fifth round, in the back of the attacker Erik Haula.
In 28 meetings in Nevada, the former of Saguenéens de Chicoutimi has scored 10 points, including five goals, while being used in all the sauces. If he demonstrates many strengths in his game, the centre player of 23 years gives the credit to his head coach in the QMJHL.
“Yanick Jean has taught me a lot,” he stressed. To climb higher, I have to be good on the plan offensive, but also in all facets of my game. I put a lot of emphasis on it.”
“More than 30 voyagements”
This was not a season of rest for the Québécois, who were recalled between Chicago and Vegas more often than in his turn. He admits to constantly be in his luggage was somehow exhausting.
Recall that 2800 kilometres separate these two cities!
“It is sure that it has been difficult a bit, honestly. There must have been a little more than thirty voyagements, he says. In addition, Vegas is far away from Chicago. I tried only to concentrate every time I was reminded in the national League and show what I was capable of doing.”
“As the season progressed, I showed them that I was able to play in the NHL. This is why they wanted to keep me.”
The home of the Quebec
Roy admits that the fact of having been greeted by several French-speaking upon his arrival in Vegas has been a source of motivation for him. He immediately had a sense of belonging with his new formation.
“That’s for sure. I was not thinking at all to make me trade in the summer, ” he says. Being a young person who had not yet proven itself, it was really stressful to move to another team. Quebecers have welcomed me with open arms and it has really done the natural way.”
“I’m really happy to be with them.”
On the ice, Roy has, in particular, formed a trio robust with Ryan Reaves and William Carrier. A combination of robustness and agility.
“The other two are even more robust than me. I also am capable of being. We really like this play set. Every time one jumps on the ice, you try to give energy to the team.”
“I love to play this type of game with them. It is really fun.”