The Anaheim Ducks have signed former UMass Lowell River Hawks standout goaltender Kevin Boyle to a one-year entry-level deal for the 2016-17 season.
“We are thrilled for Kevin to sign his NHL deal with the Anaheim Ducks,” said UMass Lowell Head Coach Norm Bazin. “Kevin has been rewarded for a great deal of hard work and perseverance through adversity. He will graduate in May from a world class university and begin his journey of becoming a full time NHL player with a great organization.”
Boyle, 23, spent the past three seasons, two on the active roster, with UMass Lowell after starting his Hockey East career with the Massachusetts Minutemen. Over the past two seasons, Boyle has posted a 42-19-11 record with 10 shutouts for the River Hawks.
The Manalapan, New Jersey native posted career best numbers during his senior season. His 24-10-5 record, seven shutouts, 1.83 goals-against average and .934 save percentage was good enough to earn him Hockey East Goaltender of the Year, Co-Player of the Year and All-Second Team honors. His seven shutouts in a single season set a school record for most in a single season.
Boyle’s stellar season between the pipes played a key role in the River Hawks fourth straight trip the Hockey East Championship and their fourth trip in five years to the NCAA Tournament.
The newest member of the Ducks only found himself in Lowell after newly instated Massachusetts Head Coach John Micheletto, who has since been fired, opted to cut Boyle from the roster and send him packing. UMass Lowell Head Coach Norm Bazin saw potential in the net-minder and decided to bring him on board to the UMass Lowell program. Bazin obviously made a great decision.
It comes as little surprise that the Ducks were the team to land Boyle in free agency. Teams like the Edmonton Oilers were also interested, but Anaheim has something the Oilers do not, former UMass Lowell goaltender Dwayne Roloson. The current Ducks goaltending coach could be seen at both the Hockey East Championship last weekend and the NCAA Regionals in Albany, NY this past weekend.
Boyle’s one-year deal with Anaheim will begin next season.