Jean L. Roy '84
One of the most prolific scorers in Bowdoin ice hockey history,
Jean Roy helped to redefine the position of defenseman, not only in
Dayton Arena, but in all of American collegiate hockey. His scoring
records for defensemen,most of which still stand today, 20 years
after he graduated, are indicative of his dominance.
A native of Lewiston, Maine, Roy was a first-team All-State selection at St. Dominic's High School in 1978 before moving on to Tabor Academy, where he was a two-time team MVP. He made an immediate impact at Bowdoin, earning ECAC Rookie of the Year, First-Team All-ECAC, and First-Team All-New England honors for the 1980-81 campaign. In his first year, he scored eight goals, tying the school mark for tallies by a defenseman in a season. It was a record he would shatter in both his sophomore and senior years, when he scored twelve and eleven goals respectively.
As a sophomore, he earned the first of his three straight All-American honors and went on to become the first three-time All-American Polar Bear. Before he graduated, he would become the first, and to this day only, Bowdoin player to be a four-time All-New England selection. In 1982, he played with the East squad at the U.S. Sports Festival. Roy grabbed national attention as a senior, when he led the team with 11 goals and 35 assists. He was selected as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which honors the top ten players in all divisions of collegiate hockey. He was awarded the New England Hockey Writers' Outstanding Defenseman Award, given to the best defender in all divisions of college hockey, and was an East-West All-Star choice. That year he led the Polar Bears to the ECAC Championship game, which Bowdoin lost, 4-1, to Babson.
Roy closed out his career holding the Bowdoin records for career assists (95), single-season assists (35), most career goals by a defenseman (38), and most career points by a blue-liner (133). Twenty years after his graduation, Roy still stands 10th on Bowdoin's all-time scoring list. Following graduation, he played professional hockey in Holland. In 1999, Roy was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame and was named by Sports Illustrated as one of Maine's top 50 athletes of the 20th century. Roy resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with his wife, Catherine, and their children, Cameron and Austin.