Harrison Roy, who was the leading scorer for the Boston Bandits 16-Under team in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League this past season, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine.
The 16-year-old center had 75 points in 55 games, according to Bandits coach Mark Jones.
Roy will attend Loomis-Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut beginning this fall and could attend Maine beginning with the 2018-19 season.
Roy said when he visited Maine, it didn’t take him long to make up his mind.
“Right away, I felt Maine was special,” said Roy who thought the school would provide him with the best opportunity to become a “top Division I student-athlete.
“I loved the coaching staff. They all have NHL experience and they are all honest people who have integrity,” said Roy. “They were completely upfront with me as to where I fit in and that was huge for me and my family.
“I’m really excited about it,” added Roy, who will be a scholarship player.
The 5-foot-11, 154-pound Roy is going to be a “really good addition” to the Black Bear program, according to Jones.
“He was a dominant player at our level and he was an underage player by a year,” said Jones. “He has a good compete level, he has great hands and good vision. And he can put points on the board.
“He has potential to be a real good player in the future for Maine,” added Jones who noted that Roy is a very good student.
“Academics have always been a high priority in my family. I have never taken school lightly and I don’t plan on changing,” said Roy, a native of Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Jones added that he will benefit from spending at least two more years preparing for Maine.
“I’m going to work on my explosiveness and I want to continue to strengthen my defensive game,” said Roy. “I want to be a complete 200-foot player.”
Roy said he received some positive input about Maine from former Black Bear Scott Parmentier, who played in Orono in 1994-98.
Roy works out occasionally with Parmentier.
“I actually didn’t know much about Maine until I started working out with Scott,” said Roy.
Roy’s coming to Maine will be dependent upon his being accepted into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.