The news came down this afternoon about Brian Boyle. A well respected player who made his mark with the Rangers helping them reach their only Stanley Cup Final since 1994, the affable 32-year old center who is set to begin a new journey with the crosstown rival Devils revealed today that he’s been diagnosed with CML (Chronic myeloid leukemia) A type of cancer of the bone marrow.
Even the news that he has leukemia doesn’t faze him. The good news is it was caught early and is extremely treatable. In fact, Boyle plans on being ready for the Devils season opener at home against the Avalanche on Saturday afternoon, October 7.
Of course, Boyle would handle such tough news with the same kind of positive attitude he’s taken with him to the rink. That no nonsense approach turned his career around in New York where he became a key checking forward on some good Rangers teams. Eventually, he would spend nearly three years with the Lightning helping them defeat his former team to advance to another Stanley Cup Final. After helping the young Maple Leafs reach the postseason, he signed with the Devils this summer for two years where he’ll be looked upon to help another rebuilding club led by top overall pick Nico Hischier.
That’s what makes Boyle special. It’s why he has overwhelming support from everyone. There have been plenty of well wishes from his peers, media and fans. He’s the kind of player you root for. You know he’ll beat cancer and deliver on his promise to play for his new team.
As a huge fan who always appreciated the hard nosed warrior approach he brought, particularly in the playoffs, I send my best wishes and thoughts to Brian Boyle. Speedy recovery. 🏒⭐️👍