Brian Boyle has never had more than 35 points in an NHL season. In fact, he only had 23 over the past two seasons. Boyle's 311 career penalty minutes are more than three times his 100 career points.
But numbers mean nothing to New York Rangers fans. In his five seasons on Broadway, Boyle, a perennial third and fourth-liner, became a cult favorite. His grinder-style, fan-friendliness and timely play earned him the respect of the Blueshirts faithful.
On July 1, Boyle signed a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning worth $6 million. His departure gave a YouTube user named "ajcastigliaa" enough reason to create this emotional tribune video to the tune of "Hall of Fame" by The Script featuring will.i.am:
Boyle tallied only 90 goals for the Rangers, but he added 19 points in 58 playoff games. As a penalty killer and energizer, Boyle's blue-collar work earned him a reputation around Manhattan. In the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round series versus the Ottawa Senators, the 29-year-old netted all three of his goals that postseason in games one, two and three. He also scored a shorthanded goal in game five of this spring's Stanley Cup that nearly brought the series back to New York.
Boyle had only posted an original tweet once in the last month to complain to American Airlines:
@AmericanAir you guys realllllly stink
— Brian Boyle (@BriBrows22) August 4, 2014
But he popped into social media to send his wishes to AJ. The center/winger brought his usual humility.
@ajcastigliaa thank you very much! Well done. Must have taken a while to find enough highlights to fill the song!
— Brian Boyle (@BriBrows22) August 6, 2014
Boyle, a Hingham, Mass., native, was known in New York for engaging with fans off the ice, as well. As recently as July 22, Boyle mingled with New Yorkers at the men's clothing store Rothman's in Manhattan.
Rangers fans clearly felt it necessary to tribute the 6-7 forward whose jocular mentality included this Elf costume in HBO 24/7 in 2011:
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