Friday, July 30, 2010

Matt Boyle returns to PEI

Defenseman will play for the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers

Former Texas Brahmas assistant coach Forbes MacPherson will have a new defenseman with a taste of pro experience on his team this season. Matt Boyle, 21, has committed to the University of Prince Edward Island (AUS) where MacPherson serves as head coach. Boyle plans to study for a degree in accounting while he plays college hockey.

Boyle played two seasons with the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) and suited up with the LewistonMAINEiacs (QMJHL) last season, recording 17 points (4 G, 13 A) and 55 PIM in 62 games played.

The 6', 190 pound native of West Royalty, PRI, signed an amateur tryout contract and joined the Brahmas' battered blue line for the six-game series against the Odessa Jackalopes in late March/early April.

MacPherson,37, a native of Charlottetown, PEI, was confirmed as the head coach of the Panthers in March. He had served as interim head coach since November 2009. Under his leadership, the Panthers flourished, winning 10 of 14 games, finishing with a 15-11-2 record. They were eliminated in the Atlantic University Sport quarterfinals in February.

“I starting talking with Forbie in the winter about coming to play at UPEI and I thought it would be a good move because I wanted to play in front of family on a regular basis,” Boyle said. “The hockey program at UPEI has made a big jump recently and has become a contender in the AUS, and it looks like it will be a strong contender this year. That made my choice to play at home easier.”

MacPherson said Boyle epitomizes exactly what he coaching staff is looking for in any potential UPEI player.

“Matt is dedicated, hard working and intense. He is a complete defenseman who will be very tough to play against. Matt has some offensive upside, but will be relied on to be a shutdown guy and compete against other teams’ top lines.”

Photo Credits: Top/Robert Keith; Bottom: University of PEI

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