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Thank you, Brian Boyle

Let's take a look back at his moments in New Jersey

by Caela McLoughlin @NJDevils /

It was announced today by the New Jersey Devils that Brian Boyle was traded to the Nashville Predators

Tweet from @NJDevils: #NHLTrade: The #NJDevils have acquired a second-round pick in the 2019 #NHLDraft from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Brian Boyle (@BriBrows22). Details:

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Brian Boyle, the NHL veteran who was formally with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs, signed as a free agent with New Jersey on July 1, 2017. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: OFFICIAL: The #NJDevils have signed forward Brian Boyle to a two-year contract! @BriBrows22 will wear jersey No. 11.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Saturdays are for the Boy(le)s. Welcome to #JerseysTeam, @BriBrows22!

After coming to New Jersey and having routine bloodwork done during his first preseason with the team, he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Tweet from @NJDevils: LISTEN: #NJDevils forward @BriBrows22 speaks to the media after being diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.

But his teammates and fans around the NHL rallied behind him to support him in his battle.

Tweet from @NJDevils: We're with you all the way, @BriBrows22. #BoyleStrong 💪

Tweet from @NJDevils: The #NJDevils and @NHL community are rallying behind @BriBrows22. More reactions: 👊

And by the end of October, he was back on the ice with his teammates, ready to get back to playing the sport he loves.

Tweet from @NJDevils: 🏒 @BriBrows22���s right back where he belongs! It���s great to see Boyler skating with his teammates again. #BoyleStrong

Tweet from @NJDevils: 🏒 @BriBrows22 on the #NJDevils: ���The guys have been unbelievable. Players, coaches, Ray. Everyone���s been phenomenal. I���m very fortunate.���

On November 1, 2017, Boyle made his debut as a New Jersey Devil when the team faced off against the Canucks in Vancouver.

Tweet from @NJDevils: JUST ANNOUNCED: @BriBrows22 will make his #NJDevils debut tonight in Vancouver! #NJDvsVAN #BoyleStrong

A game in which he also earned The Jacket - the honor that went to the unsung hero of the game during the 2017-18 season.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Pretty easy choice for the #TheJacket recipient last night, eh? Glad to see you back out there, @BriBrows22! #BoyleStrong

On November 7, 2017, he made his debut at Prudential Center.

Tweet from @NJDevils: All smiles for @BriBrows22 @PruCenter debut in front of a hometown crowd! 😁

And on November 9, 2017, he netted his first goal as a Devil against the Oilers.

Tweet from @NJDevils: 💪#BOYLESTRONG 💪@BriBrows22 lights the lamp with his first goal as a member of the #NJDevils, giving #JerseysTeam a 1-0 lead! #EDMvsNJD

During Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center on November 24, 2017, Boyle and his family participated in a ceremonial puck drop.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Tonight, @BriBrows22 and the Boyle Family joined us for the ceremonial puck drop. We're all #BoyleStrong! #HockeyFightsCancer

Tweet from @NJDevils: 💜 @BriBrows22 fights for his family. #HockeyFightsCancer | #BoyleStrong

It was a night he wouldn't forget after netting the first goal of the night in front of the Devils crowd and celebrating with teammates.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Scoring goals and beating cancer. That's what @BriBrows22 does! #HockeyFightsCancer | #BoyleStrong

He earned the first star of the night, which has been very well-deserved.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Scoring goals and beating cancer. That's what @BriBrows22 does! #HockeyFightsCancer | #BoyleStrong

Tweet from @NJDevils: "The support from all you guys has been unbelievable."@BriBrows22 continues to inspire on #HockeyFightsCancer Night.

Tweet from @NJDevils: An emotional return to the ice for @BriBrows22 is spotlighted in the upcoming edition of #Devils82GO. Watch previous episodes of the digital mini-series presented by @InvestorsBank.

Later that season, Boyle was New Jersey's representative at the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay.

Tweet from @NJDevils: "I'm very, very honored." The #NJDevils are honored to have @BriBrows22 represent #JerseysTeam in Tampa! #NHLAllStar

Tweet from @NJDevils: The emotional journey from Jersey to #NHLAllStar Weekend is full of @BriBrows22 highlights. #BoyleStrong 💪

He returned to one of his former NHL cities where fans welcomed him with a standing ovation.

Tweet from @NJDevils: A standing ovation for @BriBrows22���s return to Amalie Arena! #NHLAllStar

He was very honored to take part in the All-Star weekend where he could represent New Jersey.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Hear from @BriBrows22 as he walked the red carpet in Tampa. #NHLAllStar

Tweet from @NJDevils: "This town is a great town." - @BriBrows22 was mic'd up during the #NHLAllStar Skills Competition!

Tweet from @NJDevils: We���re extremely proud to have had @BriBrows22 represent the #NJDevils at #NHLAllStar Weekend!

And at the end of the season, there was no doubt that Brian Boyle would be named for the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Congrats, @BriBrows22! Boyler has been named a finalist for the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey!

Tweet from @NJDevils: We've stood behind @BriBrows22 all season long. Thanks for all the inspiration and good luck on Wednesday at the #NHLAwards!

At the end of the night, Boyle was the 2017-18 Masterton Memorial Trophy winner.

Tweet from @NJDevils: You deserve it! Congrats to @BriBrows22 on winning the 2018 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy! #NHLAwards

Tweet from @NJDevils: "This is going to hold a special place in my heart."@BriBrows22 already holds a special place in the ������'s of so many. #NHLAwards

Tweet from @NJDevils: A new trophy on their fourth wedding anniversary. @BriBrows22 and his wife Lauren are so deserving of this award. #NHLAwards

Entering the 2018-19 season, Boyle sat down with People Magazine and talked about entering his second season with New Jersey and his ongoing fight against leukemia.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Brian Boyle (@BriBrows22) talked to on starting another @NHL season and his ongoing fight against leukemia. ���So many people reached out to me. It was an unbelievable year, just in terms of the humanity that I was shown.���#BoyleStrong

However, it was announced on October 24, 2018 that his cancer was in remission.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Earlier today, @BriBrows22��said his cancer is in remission after receiving the results from his most recent blood test.Boyle was originally told by doctors that it could take up to 18 months before the disease went into full remission; it took 12 months & 33 days. #BoyleStrong

And the very next day, he suited up for his 700th career NHL game.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Tonight @BriBrows22 will suit up for his 700th NHL game! Boyle started his career on Feb. 2, 2008, with LAK to face-off vs. NJD at @PruCenter. Boyle collected 2 points (1G-1A) in the game, a 6-3 loss to the Devils.Since then, Boyle has played for: NYR, TBL, TOR, and now NJD.

On November 5, 2018 when the team traveled to take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Boyle recorded his first career hattrick. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: He's such a natural, isn't he? Congratulations on your first career hat trick, @BriBrows22! #HockeyFightsCancer

It also happened to be Hockey Fights Cancer night in Pittsburgh, which made the milestone mean so much more.

Tweet from @NJDevils: "I love these nights. I really do. Just the initiative & seeing the survivors on ice. Sometimes you feel kind of alone & quiet. At times, during the cancer fight it's difficult." -@BriBrows22 on how much #HockeyFightsCancer night means to him

With Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center right around the corner, the Boyles talked a lot about how much the night and the fans support means to them. Lauren Boyle was also named an NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Ambassador, a title that holds a special place in her heart.

Tweet from @NJDevils: We are proud and honored to support Lauren Boyle (@BriBrows22's wife) as she joins the #HockeyFightsCancer campaign this year as an official @NHL ambassador. #BoyleStrong

Tweet from @NJDevils: Newly named @NHL #HockeyFightsCancer Ambassador Lauren Boyle (@BriBrows22's wife) is taking her role seriously. Over the weekend, she hosted a jewelry party with #NJDevils and #NYR wives & girlfriends which raised over $8,000. 💜

When the Devils hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night on November 23, all attendees in the building were #BoyleStrong.

Tweet from @amandacstein: The #NJDevils locker room has a special #HockeyFightsCancer touch to it this morning. Ready to rock these lavender jerseys in warmups this afternoon. #BoyleStrong 💪

And to make the night even more special, Boyle reached another career milestone when earning his 200th career point during the game against the New York Islanders.

Tweet from @NJDevils: And with that #HockeyFightsCancer goal, comes this milestone! Congrats @BriBrows22! You're a special guy.

He and his wife spent the month raising awareness and giving back to a cause that means so much to them.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Lauren and @BriBrows22 spent their Tuesday in NYC with the @NHL serving food and meeting residents at the @AmericanCancer Hope Lodge. #HockeyFightsCancer | #BoyleStrong

Boyle played in 116 games with the Devils over the past two seasons. In that time, he netted 26 goals and recorded 16 assists earning 42 points in New Jersey. Although he won't be walking the corridors of Prudential Center on a regular basis any longer, it's safe to say the fans of New Jersey will remember his time with the team and will forever be #BoyleStrong.

Tweet from @ShinyFishay: Good luck in Nashville, we love you Brian 💜💪#BoyleStrong

Tweet from @cscalea17: To the most resolute athlete to wear a devils jersey,Your perseverance through life���s toughest opponent has been inspiring to all of the sports community.Thank you for everything, @BriBrows22 #BoyleStrong

Tweet from @NJDevils: Happy to oblige here. This one���s for your sister. 💪💜#HockeyFightsCancer | #BoyleStrong

Tweet from @NJDevils: Don���t cry because it���s over. Smile because it happened. ������

To stay up-to-date on all Devils-related news, follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @NJDevils. To follow Brian Boyle on his NHL journey, fans can find him on Twitter at @BriBrows22.

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