The bombings at the Boston Marathon hit especially close to home for Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who grew up just outside the city and both attended and worked at the event as a teenager. Earlier this week, he took to the ice with "Pray for Boston" written on his skate.
That wasn't enough for him. Yandle said he was hit particularly hard by the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard, a bombing victim who happened to be from Dorchester, the same neighborhood where Yandle's wife, Kristyn, was raised.
Hes from my wifes neighborhood, and thats a tight-knit community, Yandle said earlier this week. Everybody knows everybody.
So on Saturday, Yandle decided to honor the young hockey fan Saturday by wearing a specially made jersey for pregame warmups. Rather than "Yandle" and his traditional No. 3 on the back, the jersey featured the full name "Martin Richard" and the No. 8.
The 2011 All-Star, who was not allowed to wear the jersey during the game, said it was the least he could do to ...