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Dan Boyle

Dan Boyle  #22

New York Rangers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 22 BIRTHDATE: July 12, 1976  (AGE 39)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Shoots: Right
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> He was once told he was too small for professional hockey and went undrafted in the NHL due to his size (5'11&quot;) -- &quot;If a puck goes in the corner, I don't care if I'm going in there with a guy who is 6-6, 250, I'm going to find a way to come out with it.&quot; <br /> <br /> Boyle played four years at Miami (Ohio) University and was a Hobey Baker finalist in his final season (New York Rangers forward Chris Drury won in 1998). <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On joining San Jose: &quot;Certainly the talk is getting to the playoffs and getting on to the next round. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. But certainly there's a great mixture of guys here. There are some older guys that have been around. But, I mean, the up-and-coming guys, I mean, some of these 21-year-olds that we have out here are just going to be players to be reckoned with for years to come. Joe Thornton is in the prime of his career. To me he seems like he's only getting better. It's certainly exciting for this year and for the years to come, too.&quot; <br /> <br /> On sustaining his play through the game and season: &quot;This year I'm playing a little bit less than I have in years past, and that's fine with me. I feel a little bit fresher, you know, down the stretch. Hopefully down the stretch, as far as the season goes, that will be a benefit. Honestly, I go out there every shift as it's my last. Just go out there, try to make something happen, try to help this team win hockey games. There's nothing really different that I do from one shift to the next.&quot; <br /> <br /> On adjusting to the Western Conference: &quot;There was so much talk about how the Western Conference was going to be more physical, this and that. It's still early yet, but I haven't noticed that big of a difference, to be honest with you. I think for me, it's probably just some names, some players out there I haven't played against; I just need to recognize who they are. So I may need to ask an older guy what's going on, what a guy's tendencies are. That's maybe the only thing, just the personnel, maybe not knowing guys as much. But as far as the style of play, I don't notice a difference at all.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: &quot;I knew he was competitive, but now what I see is there's a fierce competitiveness in him.&quot; <br /> <br /> New York Rangers forward Scott Gomez: &quot;He's kind of like (Anaheim defenseman) Scott Niedermayer, because he can afford to try anything he wants, because he knows he'll be one of the first guys back. It's almost like having a fourth forward out there ... he's a difference-maker. You can tell each year his confidence has gotten better and better.&quot; <br /> <br /> New Jersey Devils forward John Madden: &quot;The one thing that separates him from a lot of the D who can do what he can do is consistency. He comes to play every night. Real, real calm with the puck. It never seems like he's in a panic to do anything. He's really natural ... his legs will carry him as far as he wants to go. He moves up and down the ice. He's in plays. He's got his head up. He makes good passes.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="">Sharks delighted to be stuck in this Catch 22</a><br /> <a href=";page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=396451">College Works for Blake and Boyle</a> <br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=14284">Boyle Feature</a><br />
Quote of the Day

He's been one of our top players all year. Tonight he was by far our best player. There wasn't anybody in the same universe as him.

— Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz on goalie Braden Holtby, who made 33 saves to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 1-0
World Cup of Hockey 2016