BUFFALO — Three years ago, Sabres prospect Frederick Roy bolted from the game he loved, all the way to Hollywood. The teenager needed a mental break, wanted to find a new passion.
Thousands of miles from home and about a million more from hockey, Roy immersed himself in acting.
The son of Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy hired a manager, went on auditions and took classes. He even landed a small role as a background actor in a Disney commercial.
“It was a great experience, loved it there, living in California for one year. It was a blast,” Frederick Roy said last week following a session of summer development camp inside the First Niagara Center. “I got to try something different, found a new passion – something that was really fun for me to try.”
Roy understood leaving hockey, even temporarily, could make returning to the sport tough.
“I didn’t care. Life is meant to be lived in the moment,” Roy said. “So to me, it was a moment thing, you know? You have one life to live. Live it to the fullest, and whatever happens happens. Everyone has their difficulty in life, everyone has their hardship, and you got to go through it.”
But in finding a new passion, Roy realized he longed for his old one. He missed the dressing room camaraderie, lacing up his skates and “working hard for that guy beside you.”
Refreshed mentally from the “personal reasons” that forced him from hockey, Roy returned to the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, the team his father has coached for seven seasons.
“I was 100 percent mentally there,” said Roy, who was never drafted. “I wanted to come back and finish what I started as a kid.”
Acting is on the backburner for now.
“I had a new perspective on life … and in general it did make me a better player,” Roy said about acting.