New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle said Wednesday that his cancer is gone.
"It's full molecular remission," Boyle told NHL.com. "And, I feel really good. It was kind of the way the progression was happening the last few tests. When I told my wife, she was excited and got emotional."
Boyle, one of the NHL's most respected defensive forwards and face-off artists, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia on Sept. 19, 2017, after a routine blood test during a training camp physical showed abnormal results.
According to Boyle, it was anticipated that remission would take about 18 months. It happened in just over a year. Doctors gave him the good news after reviewing blood tests taken on Monday.
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Despite his diagnosis, Boyle played 69 games and scored 13 goals last season. He played in the NHL All-Star game and received the Bill Masterton Award from the Professional Hockey Writers Association for his perseverance and dedication to the sport.
This season, he has scored three goals in his first six games. He remains on medication and will be monitored regularly by doctors.
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