Ugh! This is sad. This sucks. New Jersey Devils newbie / former Toronto Maple Leafs’ Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with CML – Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.
Boyle said in a press conference, “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of prayers, and if there’s anything I can ask it’s that that continues. That is something that I’ve seen firsthand heal cancers and heals situations…We think we have a good plan of attack here and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice and playing.”
Boyle mentioned that is hoping that he can play on the Oct. 7th season-opening game versus Colorado Avalanche.
CML is a type of cancer of the bone marrow and Boyle was shocked to find out the news post a physical during the NJ Devils training camp last Thursday.
Boyle signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Devils on July 1st.
“The support I’ve gotten already, and I haven’t played a game yet for the Devils, I’m very, very thankful that I was offered the opportunity to join the team and that I smartly took it,” Boyle said.
We’re sad to hear about the news and look forward to Brian’s recovery so we can see him take the ice in the Devils jersey this season as quick as he can.