Brian Boyle

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Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle - Tampa Bay Lightning.jpg
Boyle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in December 2014
Born (1984-12-18) December 18, 1984 (age 32)
Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Weight 244 lb (111 kg; 17 st 6 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2007–present

Brian Paul Boyle (born December 18, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey center for the Toronto Maple Leafs 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.

Playing career[edit]

Boyle in 2009 while playing for the Manchester Monarchs

Los Angeles Kings[edit]

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.[1] He scored four goals in his first seven NHL games, three in his first four.

New York Rangers[edit]

Boyle with the New York Rangers in January 2012

At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, on June 27, Boyle was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for a third-round pick in 2010.[2]

During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Boyle suffered a concussion after being hit by Ottawa Senators' forward Chris Neil. Boyle subsequently missed three games.[3] 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.[4]

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

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.[5] 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. [6] On December 12, 2015, Boyle skated in his 500th career NHL game in a 1–2 Lightning loss to the visiting Washington Capitals.[7] On May 24, 2016, Boyle recorded his first career two goal game in the playoffs.[8] On May 26, 2016, Boyle played in his 100th career NHL playoff game.[9]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

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 2nd-round draft pick. [10] 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 centre.[11] 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.[11] He switched to number 24 in Toronto as number 11 (which he wore in Tampa Bay) was taken by Zach Hyman.

Personal life[edit]

Boyle's younger brother Timothy was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.[12]

Boyle married Lauren Bedford in 2014. Together they have a son named Declan Gabriel Boyle.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Boston College HE 35 5 3 8 36
2004–05 Boston College HE 40 19 8 27 64
2005–06 Boston College HE 42 22 30 52 90
2006–07 Boston College HE 42 19 34 53 104
2006–07 Manchester Monarchs AHL 2 0 0 0 2 16 3 5 8 13
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 70 31 31 62 87
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 4 1 5 4
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 4 1 5 42
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 42 10 11 21 73
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
NHL totals 603 93 73 166 470 100 15 11 26 72

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2005 [13]
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 [13]
All-Hockey East First Team 2006–07
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2006–07
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2007 [13]
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2007 [14]
AHL All-Rookie Team 2007–08

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devils 6, Kings 3". cbssports.com. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Rangers get Boyle in draft-day trade". rangers.nhl.com. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Rangers' Brian Boyle suffers concussion in loss to Senators". The Globe and Mail. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Senators' Matt Carkner suspended 1 game for attack on Brian Boyle, defending his teammate". Yahoo Sports. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Lightning sign Brian Boyle to three-years 6 million deal". TampaBay.com. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  6. ^ "SN Presents: Boyle's Emotional Attachment to #11". Rogers SportsNet. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  7. ^ NHL, .com (December 12, 2015). "Holtby's 35 saves help Capitals defeat Lightning". NHL.com. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Long, Corey (May 25, 2015). "Penguins win Game 6, extend series vs. Lightnings". NHL.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ Crosby, Wes (May 27, 2016). "Penguins defeat Lightning, Stamkos in Game 7". NHL.com. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Maple Leafs acquire Brian Boyle from Lightning". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  11. ^ a b "Maple Leafs trade for big Boyle to boost 4th line". CBC Sports. February 27, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ Senators select Gatineau goalie http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Draft/2012/06/23/19912936.html
  13. ^ a b c "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  14. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jimmy Howard
William Flynn Tournament Most Valuable Player
2005
Succeeded by
David Van der Gulik
Preceded by
Chris Collins
Hockey East Scoring Champion
2006–07
Succeeded by
Bryan Ewing
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dustin Brown
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Jeff Tambellini