Devils Center Brian Boyle Nominated for Masterton Trophy


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Brian Boyle

Andrew “Drew” Horun is a volunteer soccer and wrestling coach and member of Phillipsburg High School’s wrestling team. When he isn’t studying or coaching, Andrew Horun enjoys following his favorite National Hockey League (NHL) team, the New Jersey Devils.

The nominees for the Bill Masterton Trophy were announced on March 27 and Devils forward Brian Boyle is a front-runner to take home the annual award that honors the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” The nominees for each team were named by respective chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and are mostly consisting of individuals who overcome personal or family tragedies. Carolina Hurricanes nominee Jordan Staal lost his infant daughter to a terminal birth defect earlier this season, while Edmonton Oilers nominee Adam Larsson lost his father in February; he was just 50 years old.

Meanwhile, Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia prior to the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. Yet, he returned to the lineup in November and has since produced 23 points in 62 games and been an integral part of the Devils’ success this season. The Masterton Trophy winner will be announced in June at the year-end NHL awards gala.


Devils Acquire Patrick Maroon at NHL Trade Deadline


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Patrick Maroon

A 2016 National Honor Society inductee, Andrew “Drew” Horun is a graduate of Phillipsburg High School, where he competed on the wrestling team. Beyond his pursuits in wrestling, Andrew Horun is a passionate fan of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New Jersey Devils.

The NHL’s trade deadline was February 26 and the Devils, in the middle of a push for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, solidified its forward group with the acquisition of veteran winger Patrick Maroon. The Devils sent a 2019 third-round draft pick and prospect J.D. Dudek to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Maroon, who is in the final year of a three-year, $6 million contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

Originally a sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Maroon made his NHL debut with the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011-2012 season and played in parts of five seasons with the team before being dealt to the Oilers in February 2016. He scored a career-high 27 goals in 2016-2017 and accumulated 30 points through 57 games this season for the struggling Oilers. The St. Louis native has been a nice fit with the Devils, as he has 6 points through his first seven games with the team.