After Devils forward Brian Boyle was cleared for full participation in practice while he battles chronic myeloid leukemia, his return has inspired his teammates in the locker room.
"He's not only going to be a big boost to our on-ice play, but just having his morale in the locker room and his leadership is huge," Taylor Hall said, according to NHL.com's Jesse Spector. "If he hadn't been going through the leukemia like he is, he'd still be a huge leader in this room. Now that he's showing the effort and discipline that he's shown the past few weeks, it's hard not to rally around that."
The Devils have not given a timetable for when Boyle can return to game action, however his mere presence has lifted the spirits around the team.
"Even though he hasn't been around a lot," Devils head coach John Hynes said, according to Spector, "you can see the respect that he has in the room with the players, the guy that he is."