The Washington Times - April 15, 2013, 06:59PM

Ex-Washington Capitals and current New York Islanders forward Keith Aucoin reported his mother was OK after explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. Aucoin’s mother works as a nurse at a Boston hospital.

“The first thing was call my mother because I knew she was at the hospital. … I called and she didn’t answer, obviously,” Aucoin said in a phone interview. “She called me a couple minutes later, saying that she was all right, which is good. She was kind of nervous. She was telling me that she loved me and giving her speech in case she didn’t get out of the city. But she’s good. She said it was a pretty crazy scene down there.”


Aucoin is a native of Waltham, Mass., and his parents live about 20 minutes outside Boston. The 34-year-old recalled going to mass every Patriots Day with his family and then watching the Red Sox at 11 a.m.

“I think every person from Massachusetts looks forward to that day,” Aucoin said. “You never expect anything like this to happen. You hope it never happens. It’s a day in Boston that everybody looks forward to. Thoughts and prayers go out to everybody.”

Aucoin was not directly involved in the cancellation of the Boston Bruins’ game Monday night against the Ottawa Senators. But he agreed with the NHL’s decision.

“Yeah, they had to,” Aucoin said. “There was so many people affected. Sports is on the back-burner after something like this.”