Defenseman Keith Yandle, who grew up less than 10 miles from Boston, on Saturday night wore a specially-made team sweater for warm-ups before the Coyotes vs. Blackhawks game at United Center in Chicago.
Yandle’s sweater featured the name “Martin Richard" and the No. 8 on the back. It was a tribute to eight-year-old Martin Richard, a young hockey fan who was one of three people killed by the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Yandle, who often attended the famous race as a child, said wearing the sweater was just a small gesture to show his support for the Richard family and his hometown.
“There's nothing I can really say or do,” Yandle told FOX Sports Arizona. “It's just (me) wanting to show my support and show my family that I'm thinking of them, praying for them, and show my family back home that I love them.”
Martin Richard and other family members were near the finish line of the marathon when two terrorist explosions occurred.
“He’s from my wife’s (Kristyn) neighborhood, and that’s a tight-knit community,” Yandle said. “Everybody knows everybody.”
Yandle also paid tribute to his hometown earlier in the week when he wrote "Pray For Boston" on one of his skates when the Coyotes played the San Jose Sharks on Monday.