Boston Bruins pay tribute to West Warwick hockey player who died after DUI accident

News from West Warwick High School hockey player Matt Dennison dies impacted not just the Rhode Island hockey community, but the community as a whole.

On Saturday, the Boston Bruins released a video honoring the late hockey captain.

The 25-second clip shows Bruins star Patrice Bergeron wearing a Bruins jersey with Dennison’s name and number on it, and hanging it behind the Bruins bench. Boston was scheduled to host the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden at 7 p.m.

Dennison died Thursday of injuries he sustained in a February 12 car accident. He was a passenger in a car driven by his teammate and friend – on his way to watch a hockey game in West Warwick – when their car was hit by a suspected drunk driver in Exeter.

Newport firefighter Alexander Krajewski, 30, of North Kingstown was the driver of the other car. He was arrested and charged with a DUI and driving to endanger. He has been out on $10,000 bond since February 14 and is due in South Kingstown District Court on Wednesday for a bail review hearing. The case will be heard on May 20 before going to Superior Court.

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Dennison was a star player for the West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich cooperative hockey team. On Friday night before Game 2 of the Men’s Hockey State Championship Series, a moment of silence was observed in Dennison’s honor. Bishop Hendriken, who won the championship and includes several players who knew Dennison from junior hockey, dedicated his win to him.

Catherine J. Martinez