Thank you, Brian Boyle
Let's take a look back at his moments in New Jerseyby Caela McLoughlin @NJDevils / newjerseydevils.com
It was announced today by the New Jersey Devils that Brian Boyle was traded to the Nashville Predators
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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.
After coming to New Jersey and having routine bloodwork done during his first preseason with the team, he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.
But his teammates and fans around the NHL rallied behind him to support him in his battle.
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.
On November 1, 2017, Boyle made his debut as a New Jersey Devil when the team faced off against the Canucks in Vancouver.
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.
On November 7, 2017, he made his debut at Prudential Center.
And on November 9, 2017, he netted his first goal as a Devil against the Oilers.
During Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Prudential Center on November 24, 2017, Boyle and his family participated in a ceremonial puck drop.
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.
He earned the first star of the night, which has been very well-deserved.
Later that season, Boyle was New Jersey's representative at the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay.
He returned to one of his former NHL cities where fans welcomed him with a standing ovation.
He was very honored to take part in the All-Star weekend where he could represent New Jersey.
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.
At the end of the night, Boyle was the 2017-18 Masterton Memorial Trophy winner.
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.
However, it was announced on October 24, 2018 that his cancer was in remission.
And the very next day, he suited up for his 700th career NHL game.
On November 5, 2018 when the team traveled to take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Boyle recorded his first career hattrick.
It also happened to be Hockey Fights Cancer night in Pittsburgh, which made the milestone mean so much more.
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.
When the Devils hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night on November 23, all attendees in the building were #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.
He and his wife spent the month raising awareness and giving back to a cause that means so much to them.
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.
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.