Friday, August 3, 2012

Kevin Roy switches college committment to Northeastern University

Kevin Roy - Courtesy of BA Photos
Pretty big news today as numerous reports online (including the U.S. Hockey Report website) indicate that Kevin Roy, and his older brother Derick (who is a goaltender) have committed to play college hockey for Northeastern University, starting the fall of 2012.  The USHR site is reporting this as official (USHR is a pay-per-view website).

It is expected that Northeastern University ice hockey head coach Jim Madigan will make an official announcement early next week.

Just a few weeks ago, Kevin did what many hockey pundits thought might happen....he decommitted from Brown University.  Rumors have been flying for months that Kevin might walk away from his verbal commitment to Brown after having such an amazing 2011-12 USHL season with the Lincoln Stars.  Kevin originally committed to the ivy-league school a few years ago, before beginning his season with the Stars.

Northeastern assistant coach Jerry Keefe, who used to be an assistant at Brown, originally recruited Kevin and his brother Derick while at Brown.  Not knowing specifics, I can only assume Jerry Keefe had a big role in convincing Kevin and his brother that Northeastern would be the place to play.

Kevin will join his 2011-12 teammates Dax Lauwers, and Colton Saucerman at Northeastern.  Former Stars currently on the Northeastern roster are defenseman Ben Oskroba and forward Garrett Vermeersch.  Current Stars forward Zach Aston-Reese has committed to Northeastern for the fall of 2013.  Former Stars forward Brodie Reid and defenseman Jake Newton also played for the Northeastern Huskies before moving on to play professionally.  I need to invest in a Northeastern Huskies hockey jersey!

As a person said on Twitter this afternoon, the Lincoln Stars should change their name to the Lincoln Jr. Huskies. It's a Lincoln-Boston pipeline! :)

Congrats to Kevin!  I was told way back in May that this might happen, so I'm wasn't as surprised as others when this news broke.  I'm really looking forward to catching some Northeastern Huskies games on TV next season and rooting on all the former Stars on the team.

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