New England native Brian Boyle takes his Boston pride seriously.
The 27-year-old center, who hails from Hingham, Mass., is a "die-hard" Red Sox and Patriots fan, but the sports allegiances end there.
Boyle said he "hates" his hometown Bruins squad, perfectly understandable considering the former Boston College standout is in his third season with the New York Rangers.
“I’m a big Red Sox and Patriots fan, but I hate the Bruins. I hate them with a passion,” Boyle told CSNNE.com on Tuesday morning. “That’s how it’s supposed to be, I think, and that’s how it’s been for a while. Last year they won and it's congratulations to them, but it really made me upset. I was pretty angry about it. "
All the hype last summer surrounding the Stanley Cup Champions was difficult to tolerate for Boyle, whose Rangers squad was bounced from the postseason in the first round by the Washington Capitals. And hearing it from family members didn't make it any better.
“I had a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins or whatever that were all excited, but I’m in a different situation. That’s what made me hate it all the more," Boyle said. "You want that. That’s what you drive and train and prepare for as your goal. They got it and hopefully that turns [Bruins/Rangers] into a huge rivalry. In baseball it’s always talked about on ESPN and in football with what’s happened lately, a [Boston/New York] rivalry can only help the game.”