“Whoa. Best hug of my life. You’re something else, Kiss Huggins.”
Derek Roy has played just two games with the Vancouver Canucks to date, so it’s safe to say that we’re still in the process of getting to know him. There’s plenty yet to learn about the diminutive centre, and plenty of rumours about his on and off-ice activities to sort through.
But while we could figure it all out over time, we don’t have the luxury of time here at PITB. We have an annual bandwagon cheat sheet to prepare.
Thankfully, Roy has a lot of history in the NHL already. He played seven years in Buffalo, for instance. That in mind, we reached out to Sabres blog Die By the Blade in an effort to determine what’s true about Roy and what isn’t.
FACT: Derek Roy is best utilized as a second or third line centre, complementing the Sedins offensively.
DBTB: “If Roy’s your first line center, you’re in trouble as the Sabres found out from 2007-2012. He a very good option for second line scoring center, but could function as a two-way third line pivot pretty well also. Roy is one of those players who’s pretty good at everything, but not great at anything. He’s got good playmaking ability, a quick shot, good speed and quickness, is responsible defensively, and he’ll win over 50% on faceoffs. He’s a very solid second line center and great third line center for any team who can play in all situations, including both sides of special teams. ”
MYTH. Derek Roy is best utilized as a fourth line enforcer, standing up for the Sedins aggressively.
DBTD: “The things he doesn’t do well are all on the physical and intangible side of things – he won’t hit or fight, can get pushed off the puck due to his smaller size.” Don’t expect him to fight Kyle Clifford. That said, DBTB passed along an unconfirmed rumour that he once punched Tim Connolly in the face as a Sabres charity event.
FACT. Derek Roy once fought Andrew Ference.
MYTH. Derek Roy once fought Andrew Ference and did not lose shamefully at all.
FACT: Derek Roy was once named the Memorial Cup MVP.
It happened in 2003.
MYTH: Derek Roy was not named Derek Roy. “Roy” is actually his middle name. His full name is Derek Roy G. Biv.
That’s not true. I don’t know who started this rumour, but Derek Roy is not the man whose name was adapted into an acronym to help children remember the colours of the rainbow.
FACT. Derek Roy was a polarizing figure in Buffalo.
DBTB: “On the one hand, you had a consistently productive center who played in all situations and was one of the most talented players on the team. On the other hand, you had a guy who was characterized as a partying frat boy, soft between the ears, and lazy, and that last adjective is ultimately what doomed him in Buffalo.”
MYTH. Buffalo Sabres fans are excellent judges of talent.
DBTB tells us that some fans still question Thomas Vanek. Meanwhile, Steve Ott is the new local hero, mainly because Ott looks like he tries harder than Vanek. I think we can understand why Ott might look like he’s putting forth more effort.
FACT. Derek Roy once chugged a Pepto-Bismol on the Sabres’ bench before overtime.
That happened. ”Sometimes you need some fast relief,” Roy joked later.
MYTH. Derek Roy once chugged a fifth of vodka on the Sabres’ bench before overtime.
FACT. This is a real photo of Derek Roy in a Halloween costume.
It’s been said that Roy re-used the costume without the face paint the following year and claimed he was Richard Simmons, but we couldn’t verify that.
MYTH. This is a real photo of Derek Roy in a Halloween costume.
I think someone photoshopped this.
FACT. Derek Roy’s nickname is “Roysie.”
We’re told alternate spellings – Royzie, Roy-Z – are also acceptable.
MYTH. Derek Roy’s nickname is “The Death Scythe”.
No one calls him that.