LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed center/defenseman Brian Boyle to a two-year entry level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday.
Boyle, 22, played in 42 games this season for Boston College and recently captained the Eagles to the NCAA Championship Game where he scored his club’s only goal (BC reached the Championship game in 2006 as well). This season, his senior season, Boyle had 19 goals, a team-leading 34 assists and a career-high 53 points -- the highest total for any Hockey East player this season. He was second on his team with eight power play goals, he had one short-handed goal, and his 104 penalty minutes were a personal best.
Originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (26th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, one of three Kings first-round draft choices in 2003 (Dustin Brown
and Jeff Tambellini were the others), the 6-7, 250-pound native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, played for Boston College for four years and compiled 140 points (65-75=137) and 294 penalty minutes in 159 games from 2003-07. This season, Boyle’s Eagles won the Hockey East Championship (Boyle’s second at BC) and he reached the NCAA Frozen Four (where he received All-Tournament recognition this year) for the third time.
Boyle received numerous other awards this season, including: AHCA All-America first-team honors as a forward; All-New England honors at the Hockey Writers Banquet; All-Tournament honors as a defenseman at the NCAA Tournament’s Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H.; the Herb Gallagher Award as the region’s best forward; and he was selected to the hockey writers’ All-New England team.
As a junior, Boyle earned AHCA All-America second-team honors and Hockey East All-Conference first-team honors. He also shared his program’s John A. “Snooks” Kelley Award (with current Kings defenseman Peter Harrold) as the player who best exemplifies Boston College hockey. He also in 2005-06 earned All-Tournament team honors at the NCAA Tournament’s Northeast Regional and All-Tournament recognition at the Hockey East Tournament.
As a sophomore, Boyle earned the James E. Tiernan Memorial Award as the program’s Most Improved Player. He also garnered Hockey East Tournament Most Valuable Player honors (and All-Tournament honors), Florida College Classic All-Tournament honors and NCAA Tournament East Regional All-Tournament accolades.