GLENDALE -- Although he was on the other side of the country when they happened, the two deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon rattled Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who grew up less than 10 miles from the finish line.
Yandle was just about ready to take his pregame nap before Monday’s home game vs. San Jose when he started to notice frantic text messages from people back home.
Knowing his brother and his nephew were at the marathon watching it unfold, Yandle began trying to learn if they were OK, which they were. Then Yandle started wondering if others he knew at the race also were safe.
Fortunately for Yandle, everyone he knew who was at the race was unharmed. But Yandle said young hockey fan Martin Richard, the 8-year-old who was among those killed, lived in the same town – Dorchester, Mass. -- that his wife Kristyn lived in before they were married.
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“That’s a tight-knit community,” Yandle said. “Everybody knows everybody.”
Yandle also noted that one of his best friends had run past the site of the explosions about four minutes before they occurred, and that a coach from his high school was among the runners stopped just short of the finish line because of the explosions.
As the hours passed and order was restored in his hometown, Yandle decided he wanted to send a message back home so he wrote “Pray for Boston” on one of his skates and wore it during the team’s 4-0 loss to San Jose at Jobing.com Arena.
“Obviously, I couldn’t be there to help out,” Yandle said. “You wish you could. I’m sure there’s not much I could do, but I just wanted to show my support of the city and just let everyone know that I was thinking about them.”