Saturday, February 23, 2008

Olivier Bellavance-Roy - King of Boys

I hate to do this because of the ass whooping Cape Breton handed us on Thursday, but if there is one little goalie who needs to get his BIG props, that goalie is Olivier Roy.

Olivier is now officially the bestest little rookie-goalie our league has ever seen. Roy used his magical glove hand and other magical French goalie powers to stop 36 of 37 shots by the Moose on Thursday, then followed this up with a 38 save shut-out against PEI on Friday. This boy must know the voodoo well. This is his fourth shut-out of the season, thus allowing him to surpass our favorite towel-wearing motormouth Martin Biron (and on and on and on) who had three shut-outs with the Harfangs 1n 1994-95. Olivier Roy has the most shutouts by a rookie in the Q, EVER.

Roy has previously shut out Moncton on Oct 2, 2007 (stopping 20 shots), and Bathurst on Oct 5, 2007 (stopping 30 shots). Over a span of three games in October 2007, Roy kept the puck out of the net for a whopping 167min 51sec, and now stands at 4th place in the league's history of 'Longest streak without a goal (in the regular season)'. By doing so he has surpassed both Jose Theodore (he of the Hilton Herp) of the 1994-95 Hull Olympiques (154min21sec), and Roberto Luongo (he of the luxurious locks dipped in Crisco) of the 1997-98 Val-d'Or Foreurs (134min50sec). Roy has also shut-out the current league leader, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, on Feb 16, 2008 by stopping 21 shots.

Now, not only did Olivier Roy surpass the rookie shut-out lead on Friday night, but he also holds the league record for wins by a rookie. With 24 wins this season he has managed to transcend the former rookie milestone of 23 wins, which was set last season by Bedford's own Peter Delmas of the Lewiston MAINEiacs.

By now Olivier should be used to getting his props:
1) he is currently the QMJHL defensive player of the week for 2008-02-11 to 2008-02-17
2) he was also bestowed the QMJHL defensive player of the week, for the week of 2007-10-01 to 2007-10-07.
3) Olivier was the Q rookie player of the month for October 2007.
4) He also won the RDS Rookie excellence award for Dec, 18 2007.

If I had to guess I would say that he will also receive Defensive player of the week for his play this week. Oy...and how his stats have changed in just these past two weeks. Olivier is now ranked the second best goalie in the league with a GAA of 2.72 and a save % of 0.901.

Young ladies, start sharpening your talons and book a flight to Cape Breton. Hhmmmm, I wonder if he goes to my old high school? I don't think my younger cousins in Cape Breton are taking full advantage of their fortunate situation.

Q-girl say: "Me want whatever goalie scout the Eagles have".
In their short 10 year history the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles have also scouted and drafted Mark Andre-Fleury (meh - the kids like him), and Über hot Czech goalie Ondrej Pavelec (Atlanta). I know what you are thinking, you are thinking "but the Moose had Giguère and Leclaire". True...not too shabby.

Just in case you need to know: no he is not the son of St. Patrick. That honour is bestowed upon Jonathan Roy of daddy's Quebec Remparts. In 19 games played, Jon has a GAA of 3.79 and a save % of 0.869. He didn't get daddy's goalie gene and apparently daddy can't train him. We also can't say that his stats are due to the team playing in front of him, because the Remparts #1 goalie Kevin Desfossés currently has 2.85 GAA, and 0.911 save%. Maybe Jon will grow into being a better goalie. I like to think that a goalie is like a fine wine, they get better with age.

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