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The story behind Darryl Boyce always makes me feel like anybody can have a chance at the NHL if they work hard enough.
Coming out of junior, Darryl Boyce was not considered much of a prospect. He was just a hard working third line player that was willing to work hard.
Not even being offered a scholarship to an American school, Boyce then joined the University of New Brunswick of the Atlantic University Athletic Association (Canada) and played very well, earning himself a tryout contract with the Leafs two years later.
He earned a spot with the Marlies and that same season, got called up to play for the Leafs. In his first game in the NHL, he broke his leg and was put on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season.
Sound familiar? (Doug Gilmour).
After toiling with the Marlies for over two and a half years, he got the call again, this time as a 26 year old and made the most of it, showing that he belongs in the NHL. He showed an undying determination playing very gritty in that third line role he was so used to, even earning the second best plus/minus at a Plus-8, only trailing team leader Mikhail Grabovski in that category.
Even though the Leafs have always had an abundance of third line forwards, I believe that Darryl Boyce not only surpassed expectations, but has earned the right to have a spot on this team next season.