Montreal Canadiens prospect Joshua Roy has always been known as a big game player, but he truly left his best for last at this year’s World Juniors.
Walking into this game on a mission to secure a second gold medal for his country in six months, Joshua Roy put his team on his back against the Americans, posting two goals and two assists in the decisive victory.
But he then followed up his excellent semi-finals with some clutch defensive play in the finals, and an absolutely beautiful feed to Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Guenther for the goal that ensured Canada’s second consecutive gold medal at the World Juniors.
With his 19th point career point at the WJC, Joshua Roy now passes Calgary Flames forward Jonathan Huberdeau as the Quebec-born player with the most amount of points in his career at this prestigious tournament.
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It can be very difficult to stand out in these types of tournaments, especially when you’re playing on a line with a generational talent such as Connor Bedard, but Roy has done a great job distinguishing himself on any given night due to his great work in all three zones.
Coming away from this tournament with five goals and six assists for 11 points in just seven games is impressive, especially when you factor in how dominant Roy was on both sides of the puck.
Known as an offensive player all throughout his career, what’s made the biggest difference for him with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the QMJHL and in these international tournaments has undoutedly been his excellent two-way play and ability to rise for the big moments.
As he now returns home with two gold medals in his resume, you can be sure that Roy will be targeting a President’s Trophy victory this spring as he looks to cap off what has been an excellent junior career before joining the Montreal Canadiens or Laval Rocket next year.