As Devils F Taylor Hall is unable to play in the All-Star game (hand) on Sunday, the NHL asked Brian Boyle to step in. He accepted and is honored he was considered.
Boyle, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia before the season started, is fifth on the team in goals with 11. His story has inspired many, as he was back in action on November 1 despite the cancer diagnosis. In true Boyle fashion, he barely talked about himself when asked about the game. Instead, after expressing his gratitude, he put his focus on how he's disappointed for Hall.
"I'm very, very honored," Boyle said, via Mike Brehm of USA Today. "It's difficult because Taylor has carried us a lot of the year. He's had a phenomenal season. ... I feel for him because he really should be representing us."
Hall leads the team in goals (17), assists (31) and points (48), but Boyle is as good a stand-in imaginable.
The All-Star Game is held in Tampa Bay, a rink Boyle is quite familiar with. He spent more than two seasons with the Lightning and helped push the team to the Stanley Cup FInal in 2015.
"It will be fun to go back to Tampa and see all those great players on the ice," Boyle said.
Boyle will be in action on Sunday starting at 3:30 p.m.