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Matt Roy scores first NHL goal


By @MichaelCaples –

Cross off that hockey bucket-list item, Matt Roy.

Last night, the Canton native and Michigan Tech product scored his first NHL goal.

The Los Angeles Kings defenseman found the back of the net in the middle stages of the third period Thursday night, tying the game at 2-2 and putting his team on the path that eventually led to a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Check out the goal:

Roy, 24, is a Victory Honda alum. He made the full jump to juniors in 2013-14, playing one season with the USHL’s Indiana Ice before enrolling at Michigan Tech the following season.

Following three seasons with the Huskies, Roy signed with the Kings – the team that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Draft – at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Last year, his first full season of professional hockey, Roy recorded 17 points in 39 games with the AHL’s Ontario Reign, along with a +10 rating.

He has played in 16 games with the Kings this season – his goal was his third NHL point.

Roy also has an even plus/minus as a rookie blueliner for L.A.