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Brian Boyle | Center | #11

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 245
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (26) / LA
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Brian Boyle couldn't help but cry after scoring his first goal on Thursday since being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.
"I can usually separate it," Boyle said. "It was a wave of a number of different things. My family, my wife [Lauren] has been through the ringer. I’m not playing tonight, I’m not here, if it’s not for her and my family and these guys in here. I guess it’s a little bit bigger tonight than it has been ever." Boyle missed the start of the season after the diagnosis, but was able to resume his NHL career on Nov. 1. Thursday's contest was his fifth game since returning. Nov 10 - 4:52 AM

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Brian Boyle found the back of the net in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Boyle's goal was pretty emotional, as it was his first one since returning from cancer. The tally gave the the Devils a 1-0 lead at the time. Boyle finished the game with two shots on goal and two hits in 13:38 of ice time. The Devils forward now has two points in five games since returning to the lineup. Drew Stafford also scored for the Devils in the loss.
Nov 9 - 10:00 PM

Brian Boyle got his first point as a member of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Boyle didn't make his season debut until Nov. 1 because he had been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. "I want to get the game forward, get this out of the way here," Boyle said, referring to his first point of 2017-18. "You try to be part of the game with whatever opportunities you get. That changes game to game. Today, I got some offensive shifts, some offensive zone draws. I took advantage of it, which is good." He also won 10-of-17 draws and had four shots in 16:13 minutes of ice time.
Nov 8 - 5:45 AM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) will make his season debut on Wednesday.

Boyle's return was anticipated after he participated in Tuesday's practice, but now the Devils have activated him off the injured reserve list and Devils coach John Hynes has confirmed his availability. Boyle is expected to play on the fourth line with Miles Wood and Blake Coleman.
Nov 1 - 3:41 PM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) took part in Tuesday's practice.

Boyle skated alongside Miles Wood and Blake Coleman. There's a good chance that he'll make his season debut on Wednesday and play on the fourth line. Nothing has been confirmed yet though.
Nov 1 - 4:54 AM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) is slated to play at some point during New Jersey's upcoming road trip.

Boyle was on the ice Monday for practice and said he feels ready to go. He hasn't played yet this year after he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia at training camp.
Oct 30 - 2:12 PM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) is close to returning to action.

The Devils are off to Western Canada this week and Boyle could return, especially with injuries to Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri. Boyle has little fantasy value but is a valuable cog in the lineup and the dressing room.
Oct 29 - 7:54 AM

Brian Boyle was a full participant at Sunday's practice, but there's no timetable for his return to the lineup.

"I'm cleared to play but I don't think I'm in [game] shape or ready to play [yet], said Boyle after the session." This was an encouraging first step though, as he works his way back from chronic myeloid leukemia.
Oct 22 - 2:51 PM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) is slated to practice with the Devils for the first time this season on Sunday.

That's great news for Boyle who was diagnosed with the illness during training camp. We hope he is healthy and has a successful return to the NHL.
Oct 22 - 10:25 AM

Brian Boyle started skating with his teammates on Friday morning.

Boyle was on the ice with a small group of non-regular players prior to the start of practice. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia and was placed on the injured reserve to start the season. We hope to see him on the ice during a game as soon as possible.
Oct 6 - 11:39 PM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) is starting the season on the injured reserve list.

Boyle has been making progress, but his projected absence from the opener was unfortunately anticipated. As previously reported, the Devils and Boyle plan to be patient with his recovery.
Oct 4 - 5:24 AM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) is unlikely to play in New Jersey's season opener against Colorado on Saturday.

Boyle has been skating on his own, but he hasn't been cleared to take part in a full practice. "The bottom line is, it's progressing," Boyle said. "I said [on Sept. 19] that I wanted to play in the season opener, because doesn't everyone? But it's not the be-all, end-all if it didn't happen. Even if I'm cleared to practice with the team I'm not just going to jump in. I need to get my own training here at some point and get into situations that are real instead of just skating." He has been taking daily treatments and feels they are helping, which is good news. Boyle and the Devils will be patient with his recovery.
Oct 2 - 4:51 PM

Brian Boyle (chronic myeloid leukemia) skated on his own Saturday.

Boyle will go with the Devils to West Point to train, as the players will spend a little time together before the start of the season on Saturday. We wish Boyle the best of luck in dealing with his illness and it is possible that he starts the season in the lineup with New Jersey. Look for 10 goals and 20-25 points from Boyle if he remains healthy enough during the season.
Oct 1 - 7:36 AM

Brian Boyle, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, will return to the Devils' facilities on Thursday.

The Devils are taking Boyle's return day-by-day. It's possible that he'll be able to play in the season opener, which he previously stated as his desire. As previously reported, Boyle's condition was fortunately caught early and is treatable. "I think with Brian, he knows, really, when he’s ready," Devils coach John Hynes said. "We’re not going to rush him. If he is ready and he can get in a full week of practice in, that’s probably fine. He’s not going to get a preseason game so no matter what he’s going into a regular season game (first). If he’s back with us next week, we’re going to have some very intense practices and if he gets a full week I have a pretty strong feeling he’ll be ready to go. But we’ll just discuss it with him and see where’s at."
Sep 28 - 10:52 AM

Brian Boyle hopes that his chronic myeloid leukemia diagnosis won't cause him to miss any time during the 2017-18 campaign.

As previously reported, Boyle will take oral medication. New Jersey Devils Dr. Michael Farber noted that the disease appears to have been caught in its early stages. He didn't have a timetable for Boyle to begin treatments yet. "My mindset is on Oct. 7," Boyle added, referring to the Devils' season opener. "I don’t like missing games. I feel as close to normal as you can feel. I feel like I’ve trained all summer and I’m going to try to get back out and ramp it up. It depends on how ever long this treatment process takes but I feel good right now. I feel as close to as normal as you can feel. I’m looking forward to getting back into it and learning the system of a new team and sinking my teeth into a new season." We wish him a speedy and full recovery.
Sep 20 - 5:04 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Travis Zajac
2Nico Hischier
3Pavel Zacha
4Brian Boyle
5Blake Coleman
LW1Taylor Hall
2Brian Gibbons
3Miles Wood
4Jesper Bratt
RW1Kyle Palmieri
2Marcus Johansson
3Drew Stafford
4Stefan Noesen
5Jimmy Hayes
D1Damon Severson
2Andy Greene
3John Moore
4Will Butcher
5Ben Lovejoy
6Mirco Mueller
7Dalton Prout
8Sami Vatanen
9Steven Santini
G1Cory Schneider
2Keith Kinkaid