TRAINING CAMP DAY 3: MADOLORA, ROY MAKING THE BEST OF THEIR TIME WITH THE AMERKSNews | 10/1/2012 4:50:09 PM | Anthony Laurendi
After beginning their 2012 Training Camp in Buffalo, the Rochester Americans officially opened the “home” portion of their on-ice workouts as the team returned to The Blue Cross Arena on Sunday. The Amerks will continue to hold practices this week in preparation for the team’s preseason opener against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Sports Centre at MCC.
Due to the NHL Lockout, the Amerks have 34 players in camp providing depth at all positions which is unusual for an AHL training camp. While many of them will be making their return for the red, white, and blue, there are some new faces at this year’s camp, some with local ties and others with a strong NHL connection.
Among those invited to camp include former Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) goaltender Shane Madolora. Madolora, who finished his career at RIT last season, tied for the Division I lead with seven shutouts and was named the RIT Senior Male Athlete of the Year. Madolora’s college totals include a 36-14-12 record with a 1.96 goals-against average while his 18 wins last season alone are second-most in school history.
“To have the ability to start my professional career in the same town where my career took off at RIT is pretty cool,” said Madolora. “Being able to step up to the next level and play professional hockey in Rochester is nice because this is my home.”
Meanwhile, second-year pro Marcus Foligno is no longer the only Amerk with bloodlines to a father who was a star in the NHL. Frederick Roy, who signed an American Hockey League deal with Rochester after an impressive showing at Buffalo’s annual Prospects Development Camp earlier this summer, is the youngest son of NHL Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy. Although his father is second among all-time NHL goalies with 551 career wins, Frederick is looking to make a name for himself as a center.
“I never had the patience when I was younger and I couldn’t stop the puck,” joked Roy when asked about why he chose not to carry on the family name between the pipes as his father and older brother.
Aside from that, Roy has established himself as purely an offensive threat as evidenced by his breakout performance last season for the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, when he finished with 27 goals and 65 assists for a career-high 92 points. Roy has spent the last five seasons playing for his father and said the most valuable lesson he taught him is “work hard and never be satisfied.”
“He (Patrick) told me to play hard every shift of every game, no matter what team I was playing for,” said Roy. He taught me to love the game unconditionally and just play the best I can and hopefully that’s what I’m doing.”
Madolora and Roy will take to the ice again on Tuesday, Oct. 2 for a Blue and White intrasquad scrimmage at The Blue Cross Arena. The scrimmage, which starts at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public, will be the Amerks’ final tune-up before the team’s preseason opener on Wednesday night when they host the Penguins at 7:05 p.m. at the Sports Centre at MCC.