Editor’s Note – Andre Roy played in the ECHL for the Charlotte Checkers in 1997-98, scoring 18 points (10g-8a) with 132 penalty minutes in 27 regular season games and five points (2g-3a) with 34 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.
Others associated with Tampa Bay with ties to the ECHL are Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt, radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze, marking the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion.
The previous alumni whose names are on the Stanley Cup are Corey Schwab (New Jersey – 2003), Manny Legace (Detroit – 2002), Aebischer and Pratt (Colorado – 2001), Krzysztof Oliwa (New Jersey – 2000) and Kevin Dean (New Jersey – 1995).
By Kevin Shea
Hockey Hall of Fame
August 18, 2004
Andre Roy was excited. The big, tough winger for the Tampa Bay Lightning had hoped he might be able to get a head start on his day with the Stanley Cup, so drove over to Sophia, a nightclub in Montreal, where he knew Vincent Lecavalier was celebrating with Brad Richards, Enrico Ciccone and others.
Now honestly, if you had 24 hours with the Stanley Cup would you surrender it a minute earlier than you had to? Not a chance!
Lecavalier felt the same way. He partied with hockey’s most celebrated trophy until 6:30 a.m. Monday morning. Roy stayed too, enjoying the celebration with his teammates until 4 a.m.
Come Monday, Aug. 9, Andre and his girlfriend, Karine Labelle, received the Stanley Cup in Blainville, Quebec, a community of 40,000 located 25 minutes northwest of Montreal.
Andre and Karine posed for photos with Andre’s family in the backyard with the Stanley Cup front and center. Andre’s mother Heidi, Dad Gilles and brothers Marc and Kevin all posed with the Cup. So did Andre’s dog, Tubby!
RDS, a Quebec-based sports network, arrived to tape Andre for Paul Buisson’s popular show Hors-Jen. Buisson had Andre and his brothers involved in a Rambo-type skit that turned out to be a lot of fun.