Former Leaf Brian Boyle diagnosed with leukemia

Former Leaf Brian Boyle diagnosed with leukemia”

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.

"My mindset is on October 7", Boyle added.

Boyle has been away from the team during training camp while getting diagnosed. On a conference call Tuesday, Boyle said he hopes to start playing hockey again soon. "I don't like missing games".

Boyle, 32, signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Devils on July 1. The 10-year National Hockey League veteran said he looks forward to returning to the ice, perhaps even in the Devils' season opener on October 7.

The Devils' team doctor, Michael Farber, said the disease was detected early-through Boyle's routine preseason bloodwork-and Boyle's condition is treatable. He had 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 75 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs last season (the Maple Leafs acquired Boyle in a trade with the Lightning on February 27). He added a veteran presence to a young Toronto team after being acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline last season. The Leafs pushed the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to six games in a first-round playoff loss.

The 26th overall pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (Los Angeles Kings) has 93 goals, 76 assists and 169 points over 694 career games with the Kings, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Maple Leafs. Boyle said he hasn't reached out to Blake to discuss how he dealt with it.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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