It is hard to find a player that epitomizes the quality of perseverance more than New Jersey Devils forward, and Boston College alumnus Brian Boyle.
In September, 2017, Boyle announced that he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, causing him to miss training camp.
Boyle persevered, and came back to be a big part of a Devils team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
This is why the NHL announced Wednesday night that Boyle had won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, an award given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
Boyle joins previous winners of the award, including the 2016-17 winner Ottawa Senators’ goaltender Craig Anderson, who left the team mid-season to care for his wife Nicholle, who herself was diagnosed with cancer. Anderson came back to lead the Senators to the Eastern Conference final.