Keith Yandle etched a subtle and sincere tribute on the instep of his left skate Monday night in the wake of the bombing explosions that shook the Boston Marathon finish line and stole lives earlier in the day.
The Phoenix Coyotes defenceman is a native of Milton, Mass., and a graduate of Cushing Academy. He also spent much of the lockout skating alongside the Bruins in Boston.
Yandle honoured the victims of Monday’s tragedy by printing the words “PRAY FOR BOSTON” on his skate for Phoenix’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
As was the case in NHL arenas across the continent, the Coyotes held a moment of silence in advance of puck drop.
Wendy Tippett, wife of Phoenix coach Dave Tippett, tweeted out a photo of Yandle's skates:
One of our players from Boston.. Now has this written on his skates - hope we all have this written in our hearts twitter.com/WendyTippett1/…
— rightway (@WendyTippett1) April 16, 2013