QMJHL: Roy-Hinds, a golden friendship in Sherbrooke

QMJHL: Roy-Hinds, a golden friendship in Sherbrooke

When they were in minor hockey, defenseman Tyson Hinds and forward Joshua Roy had a bit of a rivalry. But this situation has developed into a beautiful friendship in recent years.

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Earlier this month they won gold with Junior Team Canada. Both contributed to this conquest in their own way.

“Before I was traded to Sherbrooke Phoenix, he was an acquaintance,” Tyson Hinds explained of Roy. We struck immediately.

“Then, this year, it exploded. We’re often together. It’s really extraordinary to be able to win the gold medal with him. »

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For his part, Roy is happy to have Hinds as a teammate for the Canadian team. A win that will forever bind them together as athletes and as people.

“We often played together in Quebec teams,” said one of the heroes of the dramatic win over the Czech Republic. When we played minor hockey against each other, we weren’t really friends.

“We really do have a great friendship and it will stay that way for the rest of our lives. »

During their first confrontation in the Pee Wee AAA, Hinds wore the colors of the Intrépide de Gatineau while Roy played for the Élites de Beauce-Appalaches.

Hinds also has a bad memory of one of his confrontations against Roy in Bantam AAA.

“He was good then, too,” said Hinds. We were leading 4-1 in a tournament final with five minutes remaining.

“Josh orchestrated a comeback with Olivier Nadeau to level the game before winning in overtime. It’s still on my mind and Josh still jokes about it to this day. »

One last task

The two friends have one last mission in the QMJHL: win the President’s Cup with the Phoenix. The fight promises to be tough. They will try to use their experience with Junior Team Canada.

“We went through a lot of adversity in this tournament,” said Roy. We played two games in overtime and there was a lot of pressure. It’s just that we need to stay calm and united when faced with adversity. »

“We have the team to go far and we have to be prepared for anything,” Hinds added. It’s hard work, hard work and determination that will make the difference. »