Boyle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
December 18, 1984|
Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Weight||244 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)|
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils
26th overall, 2003|
Los Angeles Kings
Brian Paul Boyle (born December 18, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey center who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He attended St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts, before moving on to Boston College. Boyle grew up in Hingham, just south of Boston.
Los Angeles Kings
Boyle was drafted in the first round, 26th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at Boston College before making his professional debut with the Kings' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, in 2007.
In the 2007–08 season, Boyle made his NHL debut with the Kings against the New Jersey Devils on February 2, 2008. He scored his first career NHL goal that same night against Martin Brodeur in a 6–3 defeat. He scored four goals in his first seven NHL games, three in his first four.
New York Rangers
During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Boyle suffered a concussion after being hit by Ottawa Senators' forward Chris Neil. Boyle subsequently missed three games. Earlier in the same series, Ottawa defenseman Matt Carkner received a one-game suspension for repeatedly punching Boyle in the face. The attack came in response to an unprovoked incident in Game 1 of the series in which Boyle punched Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the face.
Tampa Bay Lightning
On July 1, 2014, Boyle left the Rangers after five seasons and signed a three-year, $6 million contract as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He changed his sweater number from number 22, which he wore with both the Kings and Rangers, to number 11 out of respect to his best friend and former college hockey player who died that summer. On December 12, 2015, Boyle skated in his 500th career NHL game in a 1–2 Lightning loss to the visiting Washington Capitals. On May 24, 2016, Boyle recorded his first career two goal game in the playoffs. On May 26, Boyle played in his 100th career Stanley Cup playoff game.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Burdened by imminent salary cap space issues and sitting outside of a playoff spot, the Lightning traded Boyle two days before the NHL trade deadline on February 27, 2017, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Byron Froese and a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick. Boyle, who was on pace for his best season offensively with Tampa Bay, was in the final season of his three-year contract.
Boyle's size, penalty killing abilities and faceoff skills were all major factors in leading the Maple Leafs to target the center. Boyle's playoff experience was also highly coveted (he had played the most playoff games of any player since 2011) by the team made up by a plethora of inexperienced rookies on the cusp of making the post-season. He switched to number 24 in Toronto as number 11 (which he wore in Tampa Bay) was taken by Zach Hyman. Boyle was slotted on the fourth line primarily centreing Matt Martin and Nikita Soshnikov (with Kasperi Kapanen filling in following a late season injury by Soshnikov). Boyle's offensive production declined as a result of the decreased ice time, but his faceoff abilities allowed the team to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four years. He tallied two assists in the series against the top seeded Washington Capitals as the Maple Leafs fell in six games.
New Jersey Devils
As an unrestricted free agent, on July 1, 2017, Boyle signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract with New Jersey Devils. On November 1, 2017, Boyle played in his first game since his diagnosis of chronic myelogenous leukemia, also his first game with the Devils, against the Vancouver Canucks just over a week after returning to practice. On November 9, he scored his first goal as a member of the Devils, as well as his first goal since his cancer diagnosis, against Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers. "I've never cried after a goal before," Boyle told MSG during a first-intermission interview. "That's a great feeling. It's everything." On January 25, 2018, it was announced Boyle would replace Taylor Hall for the All-Star Game, the latter who suffered a hand injury. During the All-Star Skills Competition on January 27, Boyle finished second in the Accuracy Shooting challenge. At the end of the 2017–18 season, Boyle was selected as the Devils' nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. On April 16, Boyle engaged in a fight with Tampa Bay defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. After both players were restrained, Boyle made threatening comments towards Sergachev, saying, "I'm gonna kill you." On April 21, Boyle was declared as the finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which he subsequently won on June 20.
The following year, Boyle returned to the Devils and played in his 700th NHL game on October 25. On November 5, Hockey Fights Cancer night, he recorded his first career NHL hat trick in a 5–1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Boyle married Lauren Bedford in 2014. The couple has a son and a daughter.
On September 19, 2017, Boyle released a statement announcing he had been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, adding not only was this the cause of his absence over the summer of training camp, but it is a form treatable by medication. On October 24, 2018, Boyle announced that his leukemia was in full molecular remission.
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||8||4||1||5||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||28||4||1||5||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New York Rangers||NHL||71||4||2||6||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||82||21||14||35||74||5||0||0||0||6|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||82||11||15||26||59||17||3||3||6||15|
|2012–13||New York Rangers||NHL||38||2||3||5||29||11||3||2||5||2|
|2013–14||New York Rangers||NHL||82||6||12||18||56||25||3||5||8||19|
|2014–15||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||82||15||9||24||54||25||1||1||2||10|
|2015–16||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||76||13||7||20||57||17||5||0||5||20|
|2016–17||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||54||13||9||22||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||21||0||3||3||18||6||0||2||2||6|
|2017–18||New Jersey Devils||NHL||69||13||10||23||45||5||0||0||0||14|
|2018–19||New Jersey Devils||NHL||47||13||6||19||22||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2005|||
|Hockey East Tournament MVP||2005|
|All-Hockey East First Team||2005–06|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2005–06|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2006|||
|All-Hockey East First Team||2006–07|
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2006–07|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2007|||
|All-NCAA All-Tournament Team||2007|||
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||2018|
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- "Rangers get Boyle in draft-day trade". rangers.nhl.com. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
- "Rangers' Brian Boyle suffers concussion in loss to Senators". The Globe and Mail. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Senators' Matt Carkner suspended 1 game for attack on Brian Boyle, defending his teammate". Yahoo Sports. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Lightning sign Brian Boyle to three-years 6 million deal". TampaBay.com. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
- "SN Presents: Boyle's Emotional Attachment to #11". Rogers SportsNet. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Holtby's 35 saves help Capitals defeat Lightning". NHL.com. December 12, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
- Long, Corey (May 25, 2015). "Penguins win Game 6, extend series vs. Lightnings". NHL.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
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- "Maple Leafs trade for big Boyle to boost 4th line". CBC Sports. February 27, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
- "Devils sign veteran center Brian Boyle". NJ.com. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- Cantlon, Kyle (November 2, 2017). "Brian Boyle receives warm reception on return from cancer diagnosis". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- Gross, Andre (November 9, 2017). "Devils' Brian Boyle all smiles after scoring emotional goal". USA Today. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
- "Boyle replacing Hall for Devils in All-Star Game". NHL.com. January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika (January 27, 2018). "Boyle cherishing All-Star experience". NHL.com. Tampa. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
- Ryan, Chris (March 27, 2018). "Devils' Brian Boyle nominated for Masterton Trophy". nj.com. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
- "Devils' Brian Boyle appears to taunt Lightning player after melee: 'I'm going to kill you'". USA Today. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- Mastracco, Abbey (June 20, 2018). "Brian Boyle wins Masterton at NHL Awards after emotional season with Devils". North Jersey. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
- "Devils' Brian Boyle plays in 700th NHL game". sportsnet.ca. October 25, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
- "Boyle gets natural hat trick, Devils defeat Penguins". NHL.com. October 5, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
- "Predators Acquire Forward Brian Boyle". NHL.com. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
- "Senators select Gatineau goalie". slam.canoe.ca. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- "Senators draft Tim Boyle, brother of Brian". sportsnet.ca. Pittsburgh. June 23, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
- Smith, Joe (May 21, 2015). "Lightning's Boyle, wife welcome son on off day (w/video)". Tampa Bay Chronicle. Tampa. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
- Cyrgalls, Brett (September 19, 2017). "Devils forward and former Ranger Brian Boyle has leukemia". New York Post. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
- Mike G. Morreale (October 24, 2018). "Boyle of Devils says cancer is in remission". NHL.com. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
- "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
David Van der Gulik
| Hockey East Scoring Champion
| Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick