Former Leafs forward Brian Boyle diagnosed with leukemia

Sep 20 2017, 5:18 am

Some upsetting news, as it was announced today that Brian Boyle has chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer of the bone marrow.

Boyle played for the Maple Leafs at the tail-end of last season and into the playoffs, before signing with the New Jersey Devils in the offseason. The news came as a shock to the hockey world, with a number of players that know Boyle showing support.

Luckily for Boyle, the disease was caught in the early stages, and it is treatable.

“Relative to that big ugly L word (leukemia), it’s good news,” Boyle said.

“My mindset is on October 7 (season opener). I don’t like missing games. I feel as close to normal as you can feel,” said Boyle, who added he plans on living a normal life.

“We have a good plan of attack and I look forward to getting on the ice and playing.”

The 32-year-old played 21 regular season games with Toronto during the regular season, plus all six Leafs playoff games.

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