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He's not the best player on the ice, but Frederick Roy does come from the best roots.

Roy is the son of NHL legend and hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, arguably the greatest goaltender of all time. He knows how much his name means in hockey.

"It's followed me my whole life," said about living up to the name Roy. "I mean, I'm proud of what my father did accomplish in his career. For me, he's a role model. I try to bring the same kind of aspect to my game."

He said his father played a huge factor in the type of player he became, "He's taught me one way how to play the game, thats the hard way, and it's 100%"

"Every time I set foot on that ice, I give my heart and soul to the team I'm playing with."

Roy's a smal lcenter , he's listed as 5'10", 160 lbs, who can score with the best of him, putting up 92 points (27 goals, 65 assists) in just 64 games, surpassing his previous career high in points by 36. However, his gaudy numbers for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL wasn't enough to make NHL teams overlook his age, 21, and take a chance and draft Roy.
Now, he is just looking for that chance to prove his worth.

"I knew that with my size teams weren't willing to take a chance," he said. "It's a good - how can i say this - it's good motivation for me.

For teams that didn't draft me, I say I'm ready. Whoever wants to take a chance on me, I will take that chance and prove them wrong that they didn't draft me."

Roy scored his 94 points last season as a line-mate with Sabres 2012 first round pick Mikhail Grigorenko, a player Roy couldn't speak more highly of.

"He's a great person," said Roy. "We've got a good chemistry together. We work well together, and he's a hard worker. We love playing together."

The feelings for Roy were mutual, if not higher, from Grigorenko.

"He's a good player," Grigorenko said. "I was playing with him all year long. He was one of the best linemates in my life because with him he makes you better. He always supported you, he works hard, he won all his battles. He's a smart player and always passed the puck. For me, I really enjoyed to play with him."

Grigorenko stated with a smile that Roy made him a better player.

"He's got grittyness too, kind of like his father," said Sabres winger Marcus Foligno. Folingo knew Roy growing up when his father coached the Colorado Avalanche and Roy's father, Patrick, was a member of the team.

"He's a good guy and I'm pretty sure he's a good teammate as well," Foligno said.

Roy said that he just wants to go out on the ice and play "his game" and convince the Sabres to offer him an NHL contract.

"I play the hard way. I play both ways of the ice," said Roy. "I score, I can pass. I'm more of a playmaker. I can play "d-zone". I like to finish my checks. I've always played the same way.

I'm going to show them - the scouts, and coaches, and everyone else."


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