CHICAGO - Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle honored the late Martin Richard who lost his life during the Boston Marathon bombings by wearing his name.
Yandle was born in Milton, Mass., about 10 minutes south of Boston and was seen wearing "Pray for Boston" on his skates during a moment of silence against the San Jose Sharks.
"One of my best friends finished four minutes before the bombs went off, and his parents were right at the flags where the bombs went off," Yandle said. "My high school coach runs it every year, and he was 500 yards away before he was stopped by police and just started running in the opposite direction."
On Saturday night, Yandle sported the name "Martin Richard" along with the number 8 on his jersey during warm-ups prior to the Coyotes game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Martin Richard was the 8-year-old killed in Monday's attack. He was standing near the finish line, waiting for his dad to cross when the bombs detonated.
"He's from my wife's neighborhood, and that's a tight-knit community," Yandle said. "Everybody knows everybody."