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Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle Leafs 2017
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
244 lb (111 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
Nationality USA
Born December 18 1984 (1984-12-18) (age 32),
Hingham, MA, USA
NHL Draft 26th overall, 2003
Los Angeles Kings
Pro Career 2007 – present


Brian Paul Boyle (born December 18, 1984) is a professional ice hockey Centre currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He attended St. Sebastian's School in Needham, Massachusetts for high school before moving on to Boston College.

Playing careerEdit

Los Angeles Kings Edit

Boyle was drafted in the first round, 26th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at Boston College before making his professional debut with the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, in 2007.

In the 2007–08 season, Boyle made his National Hockey League debut with the Kings against the New Jersey Devils on February 2, 2008. He scored his first NHL goal that same night against Martin Brodeur in a 6-3 defeat. He scored four goals in his first seven NHL games, three in his first four.

At the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, on June 27, Boyle was traded by the Kings to the New York Rangers for a 3rd round pick in 2009.

New York Rangers Edit

During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Boyle suffered a concussion after being hit by Ottawa Senators' forward Chris Neil. Boyle subsequently missed three games. Earlier in the same series, Ottawa defenseman Matt Carkner received a one-game suspension for repeatedly punching Boyle in the face. The attack came in response to an unprovoked incident in Game 1 of the series in which Boyle punched Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the face.

Tampa Bay Lightning Edit

On July 1, 2014, Boyle left the Rangers after five seasons and signed a three-year, $6 million contract as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Lightning He changed his sweater number from number 22, which he wore with both the Kings and Rangers, to number 11 out of respect to his best friend and former college hockey player who died that summer. On December 12, 2015, Boyle skated in his 500th career NHL game in a 1–2 Lightning loss to the visiting Washington Capitals On May 24, 2016, Boyle recorded his first career two goal game in the playoffs. On May 26, 2016, Boyle played in his 100th career NHL playoff game.

Toronto Maple Leafs Edit

Burdened by imminent salary cap space issues and sitting outside of a playoff spot, the Lightning traded Boyle two days before the NHL Trade Deadline on February 27, 2017 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Byron Froese and a conditional 2017 2nd-round draft pick. Boyle, who was on pace for his best season offensively with Tampa Bay, was in the final season of his three-year contract.

Boyle's size, penalty killing abilities and faceoff skills were all major factors in leading the Maple Leafs to target the centre. Boyle's playoff experience was also highly coveted (he had played the most playoff games of any player since 2011) by the team made up by a plethora of inexperienced rookies on the cusp of making the post-season. He switched to number 24 in Toronto as number 11 (which he wore in Tampa Bay) was taken by Zach Hyman.

Personal lifeEdit

Boyle's younger brother Timothy was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

Boyle married Lauren Bedford in 2014. Together they have a son named Declan Gabriel Boyle.

Awards and achievementsEdit

Award Year
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2005
Hockey East Tournament MVP 2005
All-Hockey East First Team 2005–06
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2005–06
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2006
All-Hockey East First Team 2006–07
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2006–07
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2007
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2007
AHL All-Rookie Team 2007–08

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Boston College HE 35 5 3 8 36
2004–05 Boston College HE 40 19 8 27 64
2005–06 Boston College HE 42 22 30 52 90
2006–07 Boston College HE 42 19 34 53 104
2006–07 Manchester Monarchs AHL 2 0 0 0 2 16 3 5 8 13
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 70 31 31 62 87
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 4 1 5 4
2008–09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 28 4 1 5 42
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 42 10 11 21 73
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 71 4 2 6 47
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 82 21 14 35 74 5 0 0 0 6
2011-12 New York Rangers NHL 82 11 15 26 59 17 3 3 6 15
2012-13 New York Rangers NHL 38 2 3 5 29 11 3 2 5 2
2013-14 New York Rangers NHL 82 6 12 18 56 25 3 5 8 19
2014-15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 15 9 24 54 25 1 1 2 10
2015-16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 76 13 7 20 57 17 5 0 5 20
2016-17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 54 13 9 22 48
2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 0 3 3 18 6 0 2 2 6
NHL totals 624 93 76 169 488 106 15 13 28 78

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dustin Brown
Los Angeles Kings first round draft pick
2003
Succeeded by
Jeff Tambellini

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