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Boyle, youth cancer patients honored on Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Family of Devils forward in attendance for puck drop, team has special coach for the day

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VAN@NJD: Boyle participates in HFC puck drop

The Devils invite kids battling cancer onto the ice for the pregame puck drop with Brian Boyle, as part of Hockey Fights Cancer night

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Hockey Fights Cancer Night hit very close home for the New Jersey Devils this year, considering forward Brian Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) back in September.

 

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Boyle's family, wife Lauren, son Declan and daughter Isabella, were in attendance for the ceremonial puck drop where 13-year-old Jennifer, a patient from the Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, did the honors. Boyle, of course, took the faceoff.

The Devils had three youth patients join the team on the ice for the ceremony and employed eight-year-old Abdiel Collazo as honorary the Coach of the Day.

Tweet from @amandacstein: I had the chance this morning to interview eight year old Abdeil Collazo, the #NJDevils #HockeyFightsCancer Coach for a Day. He was my toughest interview yet! �� pic.twitter.com/SpKAumXWGI

Collazo, who is currently in remission after a two-year battle, ran the morning skate, met with the media and announced the starters in the team's dressing room.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Honorary Coach Abdiel reads tonight���s lineup and wishes the #NJDevils luck prior to #VANvsNJD! #HockeyFightsCancer | #BoyleStrong pic.twitter.com/TnSXyOolxz

And, as if it were scripted, Boyle scored a goal in the 3-2 win.

Tweet from @NJDevils: "The support from all you guys has been unbelievable."@BriBrows22 continues to inspire on #HockeyFightsCancer Night. pic.twitter.com/GZ09x2XSz5

After the game, Boyle was named the first star and said the support he has been given from his team and the fans has been "unbelievable."

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