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Bruins’ Acciari suits up in late friend’s memory for HFC month

Matt Kalman
October 26, 2018 - 8:06 am

With his straight-line, hard-hitting style on the ice and his quiet demeanor away from the rink, Bruins forward Noel Acciari mostly shuns the spotlight.

But we found out Thursday there’s one topic that will bring him out of his shell and cause him to seek attention – the memory of his friend Drew Brown.

Acciari and Brown were teammates at Kent School and Providence College. Brown passed away at the age of 25 on November 11, 2017 from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone cancer. So almost one year later, Acciari did something special for Hockey Fights Cancer Night at TD Garden.

Acciari had tailor Christopher Cuozzo make a suit in the color of Hockey Fights Cancer Month, lavender.

“He’d be laughing at me right now with this on,” Acciari said while standing in the Bruins dressing room in his new suit after a 3-0 win against Philadelphia. “He’d be like ‘what are you wearing?’ But, you know, that’s alright.”

Acciari said a day doesn’t go by that he doesn’t think of his friend. And he makes sure by having a No. 7, Brown’s number, drawn into the tap on the butt end of his sticks. Inside the new suit Acciari had them sew in DB7 on both sides.

Brown missed the 2014-15 national championship season at Providence but was able to return to the school as a student assistant the next season. Then the cancer returned in 2016. Although Brown’s gone, he’s left his mark with Acciari and many others.

“He left his legacy … when I went to the funeral and wake, just the amount of people that showed up and how many people that he’s touched and Providence College,” Acciari said. “You know, he was a character guy and he always brought a smile to your face and always laughing … I can still hear his laugh, it’s definitely missed.”

Acciari said he’ll wear the suit a few more times during November, officially HFC month. It’ll be a way for him to remember Brown more and maybe solicit more questions about his lost friend so that he can talk more about him.

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