This NHL player not only beat cancer, he scored a hat trick on Hockey Fights Cancer Night.
Brian Boyle is a center for the New Jersey Devils, who just scored his first career hat trick on November 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It also happened to be Hockey Fights Cancer Night, which made it extra special.
Boyle announced he was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2017 and after missing 10 games, he made his first appearance for the Devils in November 2017. A week later, he scored his first goal since the diagnosis.
“I’ve never cried after a goal before. It’s a lot,” he stated via MSG network. “Everything I talked about before the game…my wife, my kids, they’ve been through a lot too. It’s a good feeling.”
In October 2018, he said his cancer was in remission. The doctors told him his recovery would take up to 18 months and it took a little more than 12 months. The 33-year-old veteran’s wife, Lauren Boyle, is also getting involved as the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador.
With Boyle’s hat trick the Devils won 5-1.