“Patrice told Eric he wanted to have Pete in for a game,” said John Frates, Pete’s father, said during the second period of last night’s game. “It’s a tremendous experience.
“Really, it’s been such an overwhelming amount of generosity that we as a family feel all the time. There have been so many of these magic moments and getting the chance to meet people like Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque ... they’re great, down-to-earth people who have really connected with Pete.”
Pete Frates brought his father, his younger brother Andrew and his brother-in-law, Dan Mayo, to last night’s game. He completed the “boys night out” with many of his long-time friends: J.T. McNeil, Dean Boylan, Dylan Cox, Colin Raposa, Tommy Haugh, Garrett Kantor, Mike Boudreau, Ryan Tracy and Jay Connolly.
Haugh, who played varsity baseball at St. John’s Prep with Frates and also went with him to play in Germany after college, said the bond he shares with him is ‘inseparable.’
“There’s nobody like Pete. I truly mean that,” said Haugh, who went on to graduate from Bentley University. “He takes this challenge not only as a way to help spread the message towards finding a cure for ALS, but to also stay true to himself and keep doing his thing and being himself. That’s why Pete is who he is.”
Having attended yesterday’s morning skate for both Boston and New York as well, Frates also had a chance to talk to one of his good friends from Boston College, Rangers center Brian Boyle, after the game.
Ironically, it was at the TD Garden that Frates played his last high school hockey game at St. John’s Prep. “State playoffs against Matignon,” Frates remembered last night. “They had a goalie (Seth McNary) who was a monster and we lost.”
Now, he said, he loves coming to Bruins games as much as anything else.
“Just a great time being here with the guys,” said Frates. “And for the Bruins to do this for me ... it’s just awesome.”