Rangers player Brian Boyle a Hingham native
HINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- It's a hockey homecoming for a member of the New York rangers. Hingham native Brian Boyle was a Boston College star before pulling on a blue shirt.
Rangers center Brian Boyle is big and tough - he wears a red white and blue sweater, but he grew up rooting for the black and gold. Boyle was captain of the Boston College Eagles and played for legendary hockey coach Jerry York.
Coach Jerry York loves to see former players like Boyle and 22 year-old Kris Kreider of Boxford do well -- but not too well.
“I’m a Bruins fan for a long, long time and we’re hoping Kris Kreider and Brian Boyle both have a great series but we’re rooting for Julien’s guys,” said York.
Boyle played his high school hockey at St. Sebastian's in Needham, where he led his team to two New England prep school championships.
“Brian’s a player that just got better and better. He was good at St. Sebastian’s, became better at Boston College. Now he’s even reaching a different plateau with the Rangers,” said York.
Boyle grew up in Hingham but he didn't play his youth hockey there. He played for the South Shore Kings -- a team now based in Foxboro
The 6-foot, 7-inches tall, 245-pound Boyle still comes back to Boston every summer. He works out at a Foxboro hockey rink, lifting weights and playing hockey with other pros and college players.
“Whether it’s a kid from BC or a kid from Brown -- or wherever he’s from, Brian’s competitive. He plays hard in the summer as well. I think he’ll do a great job against the Bruins. I think he’s obviously happy that he’s coming home. I think he’ll be a little extra fired up for the series,” said Scott Harlow, South Shore Kings coach.