By Dave Leaderhouse
Darcy DeRoose is changing the course of his career – literally.
The former Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League sniper recently committed to play next year with the Red Deer College Kings of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference following a year with the University of Calgary in the CIS.
DeRoose, a 22-year-old forward from Ceylon, Sask., played in 169 games in the SJHL over the course of four seasons and in that span he amassed 169 points, including 68 goals. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound De Roose last played in the league in the spring of 2016 when he was part of the Estevan Bruins’ team that hosted the Western Canada Cup.
DeRoose got his first taste of junior hockey during the 2011-12 campaign when as a 16-year-old he played in one game with the Bruins and collected one assist. The following year he made the final roster with the Bruins and in 46 games registered 10 goals and 15 assists.
After having a brief two-game stint in the Western Hockey League as a 17-year-old with the Moose Jaw Warriors it was not surprising that his second campaign with the Bruins was cut short when he was summoned by the Everett Silvertips after DeRoose started the 2013-14 season with eight goals and four assists in 14 games with the Bruins.
He never did find his touch in the WHL, however, as DeRoose managed just one goal and five assists in 35 games with the Silvertips and the following year he was back in the SJHL splitting the season with the Bruins and the Kindersley Klippers.
DeRoose racked up a point-per-game during the split season with 55 points in 55 tilts, but it was in his final season where he really showed his abilities as, once again back in Estevan, DeRoose notched 28 goals set up 48 others while also collecting 111 minutes in penalties. DeRoose added three more points in six playoff games and then finished his career with four points in three games at the WCC.
Last year in Calgary, DeRoose only got into 11 games with the Dinos with his stat sheet reading one goal and two assists during that time.
The SJHL would like to wish DeRoose good luck in his new surroundings and if he can pick up where he left off while playing junior hockey the Red Deer squad should have a solid offensive threat in their fold for the upcoming season.