Keith Yandle honors Marathon victim

Updated: April 21, 2013, 2:26 PM ET
By Scott Powers |

CHICAGO -- Prior to Saturday's game, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman and Boston native Keith Yandle honored the memory of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Bill Smith/NHLI/Getty ImagesBoston native and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle wears a jersey that reads "Martin Richard" to honor the 8-year-old killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Yandle wore a jersey with "Martin Richard" printed across the back of it during warm-ups before Phoenix's 3-2 shootout win at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. Richard was standing near the finish line with his family when he was killed by a detonated bomb. Richard's mother and sister were also injured in the explosion.

"There's nothing I can say or do, just wanted to show my support, show the family I'm thinking of them, praying for them and everybody back home we love them," Yandle told Fox Sports Arizona on the ice before the game.

Yandle also paid tribute to his hometown earlier in the week when he wrote "Pray For Boston" on his skate and glove when the Coyotes played the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

The Coyotes' victory ended a three-game losing streak and kept the team's fading playoff hopes alive.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.