Keith Yandle will not auction off the warm-up jersey he wore in remembrance of eight-year-old Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard.
Instead, the Phoenix Coyotes defenceman will hand over the jersey to the family of Richard when he returns to the Boston area for the off-season, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The family of Martin Richard asked for the jersey, rather than see it get auctioned, so Yandle will try to give it to them in person.
“It’ll be tough,” Yandle said. “But it’ll be something they wanted, and it will be special giving it to them.”
Yandle, who wore a No. 8 jersey with Martin Richard’s name across the back during the warm-up prior to Saturday’s against the Chicago Blackhawks, grew up in the Boston suburb of Milton and maintains close ties to the area. His wife’s uncle is a Boston fire lieutenant who was at the bomb scene and whose daughter was a classmate of Richard.
“(Richard) is from my wife’s (Kristyn) neighborhood, and that’s a tight-knit community,” Yandle told FOX Sports Arizona. “Everybody knows everybody. There’s nothing I can really say or do. 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.”
Yandle honoured all the victims of the terrorist bomb attack by writing “Pray For Boston” on the side of his skates for the Coyotes’ game against the San Jose Sharks.