NHL Notebook: Thoughts and prayers for Hingham’s Brian Boyle

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The hockey world was stunned this week when NHL veteran Brian Boyle announced he’d been diagnosed chronic myeloid leukemia.

The disease was discovered thanks to blood tests conducted during his normal pre-training camp physical with the New Jersey Devils. Doctors said it’s treatable with medication, and Boyle said he hopes to return to hockey soon.

Still, it was difficult news to hear, especially since Boyle, a 32-year-old native of Hingham, is one of the most well-respected players in the game. Bruins forward David Backes first met Boyle when the two were roommates during the NHL combine as a pair of 17-year-olds.