For the second year in a row, the most coveted recruit out of the USHL has become a free agent just weeks before the start of college classes.
Last year, Johnny Gaudreau de-committed from Northeastern and ended up at Boston College, where he was a very important piece to the Eagles’ national championship. Gaudreau had 44 points in 44 games as a rookie.
This year, it’s Kevin Roy.
Multiple sources have reported that Roy has de-committed from Brown, a move that has been somewhat anticipated in college hockey circles since Roy’s record-breaking, 54-goal, 104-point season with the Lincoln Stars.
In a sense, Roy has been a free agent this whole time. Ivy League schools do not sign National Letters of Intent, therefore, it was not forbidden by NCAA rules for schools to contact him and try to woo him.
There is a gentleman’s agreement in college hockey where coaches do not recruit verbally committed players. But who knows how long that will last. When coaches are under great pressure to win games or lose their jobs, abiding by a gentleman’s agreement won’t always be the first thing on their minds.
There haven’t been any rumblings of teams contacting Roy to try to woo him, but it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if it happened.
Where will he end up? The consensus is that Roy will be at a school on the East Coast. It will have to be a school that has a scholarship open this late — possibly two scholarships open. Many believe that Roy’s older brother, goalie Derick Roy, is a package deal. Neither Roy has commented on the development yet.
Whatever happens, it will be one of college hockey’s big stories of the summer.