Former Merrimack and Clarkson assistant coach Phil Roy, who left his position at Clarkson earlier this month amidst immigration issues, has been hired as the head coach of the Notre Dame Junior Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Roy, resigned as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Clarkson, in order to “pursue other career opportunities,” according to a university press release, but according to sources, Roy was forced to leave his post due to his work visa being denied by the U.S. government as it clamps down on immigration.
Roy was announced as the new Hounds coach on June 14.
Roy, who is from St. Leonard, Quebec, played four years at Clarkson (1996-00) and then embarked on a five-year professional career, three of which were for teams in the United States. Roy has been employed in the U.S. as a hockey coach since 2005, when he was hired as an assistant coach at Hobart College (D-III). He was later the head coach at Neumann College for one season before Mark Dennehy hired him in 2008 as an assistant coach, giving Roy his first Division I job. Roy left Merrimack in 2011 in order to return to Clarkson, where he has spent the last seven seasons.