UMass Lowell Goalie Kevin Boyle Signs With Anaheim Ducks

After a tremendous senior season with the UMass Lowell River Hawks, Kevin Boyle is going to the National Hockey League.

Boyle signed with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, and the 23 year old’s deal will begin at the start of next season. Boyle has spent the past two seasons with the River Hawks after originally going to UMass Amherst and being cut from the roster.

The co Hockey East player of the year, Boyle led Lowell to the conference championship game, for the fourth straight season, where the River Hawks fell to Northeastern. Lowell was still able to make the national tournament, making it all the way to the semi finals where the River Hawks eventually fell to the number one seed, Quinnipiac.

Boyle was cut from the Minutemen roster in the 2013 season and was immediately picked up by Lowell. He was a cog in net for Lowell to lead the River Hawks into a mini-dynasty in Hockey East, bringing the team to the conference championship in each season that he was between the pipes.

Boyle went 42-19-11 in his three seasons with the River Hawks. Seven of his ten career shutouts came in this season, including the clinching game of the Hockey East quarterfinals against Boston University. Boyle posted a 1.83 goals against average in his final season to lead him to being the goaltender of the year in Hockey East.

The Ducks goaltending coach is Dwayne Roloson, a former River Hawk, which no doubt was a part in Anaheim being able to recruit the undrafted ‘tender. Anaheim has produced several goalies over the past few years, with Frederick Anderson and John Gibson being big parts of the team’s recent success.

Before joining Lowell, Boyle had played junior hockey with the Westside Warriors and Tri-City Storm. The New Jersey native is a Mike Richter finalist for the goaltender of the year nationally, and he will likely have the opportunity to try to crack the Ducks roster next season.

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