The New Jersey Devils will host the annual Hockey Cancer Night on November 28, 2020, when they will face the Philadelphia Flyers. This made me realize that there is only one former Devil player to show this week, and that is Brian Boyle. He only played the Devil in 116 games, but left a deep impression on him during that time.
Boyle’s New Jersey Tour
Boyle New York Rangers For five seasons, this made him well known among the Devil fans.He signed Tampa Bay Lightning And quickly appeared in Toronto Maple Leafs Before signing with the Devils as a free agent.
“At the end of the day, [the Devils] Tell me you need me, this is a great thing,” Boyle said when signing“I think they have some great work. I am very close to (former Boston College teammate and Devils goalkeeper) Corey Schneider. He is a huge difference maker. All I know is that every time I When playing against New Jersey, no matter where we are, they are a difficult team to deal with. This is an effective team, and if you make everyone work, it bodes well for a player like me . This is good for me.”
Unexpected result of Devil Training Camp
The 6-foot-6 forward is excited to return to the East Coast and report to the Devil’s first training camp. What happened next surprised Boyle and his entire family. In September 2017, he was told that his blood test results showed that he had chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a rare type of bone marrow cancer.
exist”Off Ice with Ida and JulieIn the podcast, Boyle’s wife Lauren recalled the moment his family realized something was wrong. He called her and said that it was strange that his laboratory came back and that he would be late for dinner. Both Boyle and Lauren Think of it as Lyme disease because Boyle was very tired before arriving in New Jersey. They were told that it could not be Lyme disease because his white blood cell count exceeded 100,000.
The family waited for three days before confirming that he had leukemia. Boyle started treatment very early, taking medicine twice a day, changing his diet, reducing sugar, and reducing alcohol and red meat intake as much as possible. He only missed 10 games before returning to the ice.
The battle passed and remission was announced
Boyle made his debut this season in the Devils 2-0 defeat of the Canucks on November 1, 2017. On November 9, 2017, Boyle scored his first goal after being diagnosed in front of 16,514 fans at the Prudential Center. This is an exciting time for everyone at the Newark Arena in New Jersey.
“I’ve never cried after scoring a goal before,” Boyle said at halftime. “That is, a lot. This is everything… These guys, my wife, my children, they have also experienced a lot. My parents, my brothers and sisters. It’s a good feeling. Let us hope we stand up tonight and make it important.”
At the end of the 2017-18 season, Boyle, along with Roberto Lugo and Jordan Starr, were nominated as finalists for the Bill Masterson Trophy. Boyle was invited to accept the award on the stage of the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Las Vegas because he is the player who can best embody the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
The next season is an important season for the Boyle family. The forward of the Devils announced in October 2018 that his cancer was in remission. A month later, the NHL announced that Lauren Boyle would become a hockey cancer ambassador after her family’s experience.
“I just pray and I can help anyone if they need it, whether it’s advice or letting us go from small things like how we change Brian’s diet to prayer or how we spend our time,” Lauren Boye Er said at that time. “I also want to raise funds for research. What they can do with the right time and money is incredible.” (From “Lauren Boyle Becomes Hockey Cancer Ambassador”, USA Today, 11/01/18)
The Devils played against the Pittsburgh Penguins on the annual Hockey Cancer Night in November of that season. Boyle scored three goals and won the first hat-trick of his career, leading his team to defeat their division opponents 5-1. The events that took place at PPG Paints Arena that night were staged like scenes in a storybook. The first two months of the 2018-19 season are very special for a family who came to New Jersey and faced unexpected and terrible medical uncertainty.
Continue his career
On February 6, 2019, the veteran was traded by the Devils to the Predators in the 2019 draft in exchange for the second round pick. He ended his memorable game in New Jersey with 42 points (26G, 16A). Boyle played 26 games in Nashville and helped the team enter the playoffs. He scored two assists in three games.
The 35-year-old player signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers on October 21, 2019. He played 39 games and scored 15 points. Boyle entered the Stanley Cup playoffs again, playing four games before his team was eliminated. He did not participate in the 2020-21 season, but participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins professional trials on September 3, 2021. At the age of 37, he signed a one-year contract with the Penguins. On the same day he signed the contract, he appeared in the Pittsburgh game against Tampa Bay. In another storybook moment, Boyle scored in the Penguins’ debut, and the Penguins won 6-2. Currently, he has two goals in 14 games.
Just like Adam Larsson’s NHL tour, I think Boyle’s story needs to be told. His time in New Jersey has been unforgettable for him, his family and the Devil fans. The Massachusetts native immediately became a fan favorite, and if you walk around in the Prudential Center, you will still see fans wearing his jersey.If you are looking for Donate to hockey to fight cancer On Sunday night, when the Devils are playing against the Flyers, you can purchase the Devils’ HFC gear or purchase the mysterious ice hockey.
Since March 2021, Kristy has been writing for The Hockey Writers. She is happy to be able to use her journalism degree and cover the Nashville Predators and the New Jersey Devils. Kristy is also the co-host of the weekly YouTube show Chicks & Sticks produced by THW.You can follow her journey on Twitter @InStilettosBlog And Instagram Skating in high heels.