Brian Boyle of New Jersey Devils has hat trick on cancer awareness night


New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle has played in 704 games over 12 seasons for five teams. He’s scored 109 career goals but has never notched a hat trick — until Monday night in Pittsburgh. The best part? It was on the Penguins‘ Hockey Fights Cancer night.

Boyle, 34, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in September 2017 after a training camp physical. He played through the 2017-18 season while undergoing treatment. Two weeks ago, he found out that he was in remission.

Boyle scored a goal in the first period of Monday night’s 5-1 win to give the Devils a 2-1 lead over the Penguins. He then scored back-to-back power-play goals in the third to give his team a cushy 4-1 lead. All goals came against Pittsburgh starter Matt Murray. Boyle now has six goals on the season.

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