Devils C Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masteron Memorial Trophy for perseverance at the NHL Awards on Wednedsay night.
Entering training camp this season, the veteran Boyle wanted to make a good first impression with his new club. However, a surprise diagnosis altered those plans entirely. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, and he had to stop practicing to undergo his treatment.
If that wasn't enough, Boyle also learned that his two-year-old son, Declan, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Luckily, that diagnosis would change to a less-threatening arteriovenous malformation in his jaw that is treatable. Declan is still undergoing painful treatments, though, to fight the disease.
Through all this hardship, Boyle still managed to impact the Devils on the ice in his first season in New Jersey. He returned to the lineup on Novemeber 1, and notched his first point -- an assist -- on November 7. He scored his first goal two days later.
Overall, Boyle finished the season with 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) over 69 games.