Daryl Boyle (EHC Red Bull Muenchen) in the main round meeting of the German Ice Hockey League between the EHC Red Bull Munich and the Straubing Tigers on 20.10.2017. Photo courtesy of Heipix.

Sparwood’s Daryl Boyle to represent team Germany in winter games

B.C.-born defenseman chosen for Germany’s Olympic hockey team

Sparwood’s own Daryl Boyle will be representing Germany as a starting defenseman in the 2018 Winter Games men’s ice hockey tournament held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

“When I was announced on the team, I was pretty excited,” said the 30-year-old, one of seven EHC München players to be chosen. “I’m excited to get over there and experience the whole thing.”

Build-up to the Olympics has been intense. Team Germany coach Marco Johann Sturm expects everyone on his team to practice hard and efficiently, Boyle said. A one-time NHL all-star in 1999, Sturm has been immersed in world of professional hockey for over two decades.

“We’re all professionals, and we’re all coming from different clubs so we just have to work on the systems … and make sure we’re all on the same page and ready to go,” said Boyle.

Having trained with fellow hockey player Rob Klinkhammer in Lethbridge, Boyle looks forward to taking on Team Canada and playing against an old friend. Klinkhammer was born in Cranbrook, and moved to Lethbridge at a young age.

“We’re both tied to the Kootenay area,” said Boyle.

Boyle grew up playing minor hockey in Sparwood. His father saw that his sons’ skills deserved better training, so the entire family packed up and moved to Lethbridge when Boyle was 12 years old.

Despite moving with his sons away from Sparwood, Boyle’s father continued to work at Elkview Operations until his recent retirement.

“It was a sacrifice he made just so that me and my brother Derek could play a higher caliber of hockey,” said Boyle. “It definitely helped me get where I am now.”

Germany is far from home, but Boyle does his best to make his way back to the great white north once a year. Most time at home is spent camping with his family in Jaffray.

In 2003, he was signed to the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves. He spent one season with them before moving up to the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings, where he spent four seasons (2004-08). In his final year, he served as captain.

From there, he went pro in the American Hockey League, signing with the Norfolk Admirals, followed by the Rockford IceHogs and the Peoria Rivermen before making the jump overseas to play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

He played for the Augsburg Panthers for three years (2010-14), and then in March 2014, he agreed to terms with fellow DEL outfit EHC München (EHC Red Bull München) where he is currently in his fourth season.

“It’s definitely been an experience I’ll never forget,” said Boyle.

So far, the highlight of his international hockey career has been playing in the 2016 IHFF World Championships in Saint Petersburg, and more specifically competing against Team Canada.

Asked what his hopes are for the upcoming winter games, Boyle said, “I just want to go out there, experience the whole thing, take it all in. We just have to make sure we’re ready to go for that first game and anything can happen.”

Germany’s first men’s hockey Olympic game will be against Finland on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8:10 a.m. MDT.

Just Posted

Nelson Rhythm Ropers skip to success at provincials

The team won 56 medals last weekend at L.V. Rogers

Flying feet at taekwondo tournament

Yom Chi Martial Arts hosted a day of sparring on Saturday

Granite Pointe opens for the season

All 18 holes at the golf course opened Monday

COLUMN: Civic Theatre celebrates the past and targets for the future

See all films in Ingman Bergman’s Trilogy for the price of two

Three Nelson organizations get provincial funding to fight violence against women

The money is part of $6.5 million from the provincial government

Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others on Monday is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian

B.C. hockey team to retire Humboldt Bronco victim’s number

BCHL’s Surrey Eagles to retire Jaxon Joseph’s No. 10 in light of bus tragedy

B.C. Hells Angels invited to rally by anti-SOGI organizer

The Culture Guard group has helped Hells Angels in the past, said its executive director.

B.C. bill aims to keep Indigenous kids in communities, out of care

Changes to Child, Family and Community Service Act could connect MCFD, Indigenous communities

Condo contract rules target B.C. property flippers

Regulations to prevent property transfer tax evasion

Turning vehicles into deadly weapons is easy and cheap, expert says

Not all recent vehicle attacks have been linked to terror groups, says Candyce Kelshall

Canada not properly managing fish farms, environment commissioner says

Better standards are in place in British Columbia, meaning less fish have escaped, reports show

B.C. to give municipalities final say over rental zoning

City halls will be required to provide housing needs assessment

B.C. firm linked to Facebook data scandal defends its political work

AggregateIQ says it helps customers craft messages for online political ads, use data for campaigns

Most Read