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Frozen Four feature: Brian Boyle

Prior to playing in the NHL, the Rangers' center played for Boston College

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 11:04 AM / Best of the Web
By Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter
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Brian 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.

While at Boston College, Boyle’s Golden Eagles squad made it to the Frozen Four two years in a row in 2006 and in 2007, but came up short in the national championship game in both years. While playing at Boston College, Boyle registered a career-high 22 goals during the 2005-06 season, and added 30 assists for a total of 52 points. The very next season, Boyle eclipsed his point total by one, finishing with 53.

During 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 went on to score four goals in his first seven NHL games, including three in his first four.

He joined the Rangers after being acquired by New York in a trade at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Boyle On…

The Frozen Four Experience:

“That was the big dance and probably the coolest experience of my college career. I was fortunate enough to go three times. I’ll always remember those times and those games. We didn’t have the success we wanted, but we went to two Finals and I remember the buzz around the school and around the college hockey world. We were always involved in it.”

On The Challenge Of Competing For A National Championship:

“We had some great teams, but it’s hard because it’s a one-and-done scenario. If you have an off-night, your season is over. That was the hardest thing, but that’s also what made it pretty great. I had nerves before every game. You know that it’s either win or go home.”

On What Fans Can Expect At The Frozen Four In Tampa:

“I think it would be cool. The practices between the Semi-final and the Final is always fun. It’s pretty light-hearted. I think it will be a great time.”