Brian Boyle announces his retirement from the NHL and will join NHL Network as a studio analyst



Longtime NHL player Brian Boyle announced his retirement from the National Hockey League today. He will join the NHL Network as a studio analyst.

Boyle was originally drafted in the first round (26th) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Before turning professional, he spent four seasons in the NCAA at Boston College. In 2004-05, Boyle had 19 goals and 27 points in 40 games, helped the Eagles win the NCAA Championship (Hockey East) and was named Hockey East Tournament MVP. In 2006-07, a year after setting a career-high 22 goals and being named to the NCAA’s All-American Second Team, he captained the Eagles to win their second Hockey East championship in three years. Boyle had a career-high 53 points in 42 games, was named to the NCAA First Team All-Star, and was called up to the Hockey East First-Team All-Star.

After a prestigious college career full of accolades, Boyle turned professional and joined the Manchester Monarchs, affiliated with the Kings American Hockey League (AHL). In 2007-08, he had 31 goals and 62 points in 70 games; he was named the AHL Rookie of the Month in January 2008 and an AHL All-Rookie Team. Boyle made his NHL debut on February 2, 2008 against the New Jersey Devils and scored his first career NHL goal that night against Martin Brodeur.

Boyle was traded to the New York Rangers in the 2009 NHL Draft and played with the Rangers until 2014-15, when he joined the Tampa Bay Lightning for three seasons before being traded to the Maples Toronto Leafs in 2016-17. Boyle also made saves at New Jersey, and on November 1, he scored his first goal in his first game for the Devils since being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. it was an extremely moving moment. That same year, Boyle replaced Taylor Hall for the All-Star Game and finished second in the Marksmanship Challenge. After that season, Boyle was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy.

In a career that spanned 14 years and 871 games, Boyle had 141 goals and 111 assists for 252 points while playing for the Kings, Rangers, Lightning, Leafs, Devils, Nashville Predators, the Florida Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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