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Harry Roy of Cedar Rapids RoughRiders survives top prospects game ... and his finals

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders’ Harry Roy (8) skates ahead of Chicago Steel’s Aaro Vidgren (26) in their game at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders’ Harry Roy (8) skates ahead of Chicago Steel’s Aaro Vidgren (26) in their game at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sometimes you forget some of these kids are going to school, too.

Harry Roy of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders played Tuesday night in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kearney, Neb. It featured 40 players from around the league who are NHL Draft eligible this summer.

Not only was there pressure to perform well, but something else was in the back of Roy’s mind. Finals at Cedar Rapids Washington High School were this week.

“It was actually a little hectic, all the prep for finals, because I was in Kearney,” said Roy, whose RoughRiders played Friday night at Chicago and host Waterloo on Saturday night. “But my teachers were really accomodating. They helped me out a lot. Everything’s taken care of.”

One conversation with the well-spoken, 17-year-old from Lakeville, Mass., is all you need to figure out he is a smart kid. That he was able to take care of everything academically despite being out of state at a hockey event for three days isn’t surprising.

Roy’s edcuation on the ice seems to be going OK as well. He went into the weekend with two goals and five assists in 26 games.

He played prep school hockey out east last season but impressed enough at last summer’s tryout camp and subsequent workouts to earn his way onto the team. The original plan was for Roy to spend his senior year at prep school, but he wanted the challenge of the United States Hockey League.

“I told my coach this, told my parents this,” Roy said. “I went to Loomis-Chaffee last year and left early, for my senior year, to come here, and I couldn’t be happier. From a development standpoint, everybody is good from every team. Your intensity level always needs to be up, your compete level always has to be up. Especially here in Cedar Rapids, too. Coach runs a really tight ship, and there is no hiding, which is awesome for me. Coach (Mark) Carlson keeps everybody accountable. So just the nature of this league and the pace brings so much out of your game.”

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The plan is for Roy to spend next year in the USHL as well, then head on to the University of Maine, where he has committed. He said he felt he held his own at the prospects game, with the overall experience being top notch.

“One of the big things Coach Carlson told me before the game, during the weekend, really, was just to stay loose,” he said. “Not to overdo anything, not to overthink anything. As simple as it sounds, that’s what you’ve got to do, and that’s what I did out there.

"I kept my confidence, which was huge, and felt like I was around the puck a lot. So I felt like I wasn’t just in the game, but I made an impact as well. To do that in that game, with all that talent, was exciting.”

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