Allen, Texas – Allen Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson, along with new partner Globe Life, announced today that the team has signed top-two defenseman, Eric Roy for a third season in Allen.
The 6-foot-3, 200 pound blue-liner from Beauval, SASK, is a former NHL Draft Pick, selected by the Calgary Flames in the 5th round of the 2013 draft. He joined the Americans as a free agent in 2015 and had 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 52 games. He backed that campaign up with a 35-point season last year in just 40 games, with 13 goals and 22 assists.
“Eric Roy is one of the top young defensemen in our league,” said Steve Martinson. “He’s very skilled with a great shot.”
He played five years of major junior hockey in Canada with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, where he was a teammate of Nolan Patrick, drafted second overall this year by Philadelphia (NHL) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Roy has ten games of American Hockey League experience, playing with Lake Erie in 2015. The 22-year old left-shot defenseman has 102 games of pro experience.
The Americans open the regular season on Friday, October 13th in Rapid City, with the home opener on Saturday, October 21st against Orlando. Click here for the complete 2017-2018 schedule.
About the Americans
The Allen Americans play in the ECHL, the premiere AA hockey league in North America. The Americans were established in 2009 and have won four AA championships in eight full seasons of minor pro hockey. In those eight seasons, Allen has qualified for the playoffs every year with five trips to the league finals. Allen will enter its fourth season in the ECHL this October, after playing five years in the now defunct Central Hockey League.