Roy retires from hockey, played for six teams in 11 seasons in the NHL
Derek Roy retired from professional hockey on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old forward has 524 points (189 goals, 335 assists) in 738 regular season NHL games over 11 seasons with the Buffalo Sabers, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Blues. St. Louis, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers. He also scored 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 49 Stanley Cup playoff games.
“After a lot of thought, I made the decision to retire from professional hockey,” said Roy wrote on his Instagram account. “First of all, I would like to thank my parents for all the sacrifices they made to give me the opportunity to play competitive / travel AAA minor hockey. They didn’t have much, but their dedication, hard work and love was an inspiration to me throughout my hockey career. It made me want to pursue my passion for hockey. “
Roy last played in the NHL for the Oilers in 2014-15. He played in Europe for six seasons, the last two with Munich in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany’s top professional league.
He has scored nine points (four goals, five assists) in 12 games this season.
“I also want to thank my wife Nancy for all of her support throughout my career,” Roy said. “She gave me a very special gift, my son Huxley, who I look forward to spending so much more quality time in in the days, months and years to come.”
The Sabers selected Roy in the second round (32nd) of the 2001 NHL Draft. His 266 assists are 10th in team history.
“As a kid I dreamed of playing in the NHL and I would like to thank the Buffalo Sabers for taking a chance on a 5-9 kid from Clarence-Rockland, Ont.,” Said Roy. “In addition, I would like to thank the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers for all providing me with great opportunities during my career. in the NHL.
Roy helped Canada win bronze at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and finish second at the IIHF World Championship in 2008 and 2009.