Kevin Roy Named USHL Forward of the Year
Monday May 21, 2012
Lincoln Stars forward Kevin Roy has been named the 2011-12 USHL Forward of the Year as determined by vote of USHL coaches and general managers. (photo by Jeff White/Depicted Images) (photo on left by Kim Fogle)
Lincoln Stars forward set USHL Tier 1 era scoring record
The United States Hockey League today announced that Lincoln Stars forward Kevin Roy has been selected as the 2011-12 USHL Forward of the Year as determined by a vote of USHL coaches and general managers.
Roy put up an astounding 104 points (54g, 50a) in 59 games during the regular season for the Stars. It was the most points in a season during the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) and the first 100-point scorer since the 1998-99 season when Peter Fregoe scored 103 points (46g, 57a) for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Roy shattered Lincoln Stars team records for goals and points which had both stood for more than a decade.
After being held scoreless through his first three USHL games, Roy recorded a hat trick on October 15th against Sioux City. It was his first of three hat tricks during the season and it began an eight-game point streak in which he collected 18 points (11g, 7a). The forward from Lac Beauport, Quebec finished the regular season riding a 15-game point streak, amassing 31 points (16g, 15a) over that span. It was the longest scoring streak in the USHL this season.
Roy, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday, led the USHL with 305 shots on goal and was also tops in the League with a plus-44 rating, the second highest plus/minus rating in the USHL Tier 1 era following the plus-52 mark set by Blake Coleman of the Indiana Ice in 2010-11.
“Kevin single-handedly threatened the reputation of the USHL as a great defensive league this year with his extraordinary performance,” said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince. “His scoring records this year set a new standard for the Tier 1 era – and as anyone who has watched him all year will recognize, he is just as strong on both ends of the ice. Congratulations to Kevin, and the Lincoln Stars players and organization that helped him shine throughout his great season in the USHL.”
Roy led the Stars to a 38-18-4 record (80 points) and a first place finish in the USHL Western Conference. It was the first division title for Lincoln since the 2008-09 season. The 38 wins were the most for the Stars over the last 10 seasons. Lincoln was the third best team on the power play with a 23.2% conversion rate which was led by Roy’s 28 power play points (14g, 14a), the most in the USHL.
The forward is committed to begin his college hockey career next season at Brown University.
Roy becomes the fifth Lincoln Stars player to earn the USHL Forward of the Year award, joining Jason Gregoire (2007-08), Dan Riedel (2004-05), Ryan Potulny (2002-03), and Chris Fournier (2000-01).
USHL stats - Kevin Roy
Video - Kevin Roy 2011-12 season highlights
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