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Bruins’ Noel Acciari to attend memorial services for friend, former teammate Drew Brown

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Noel Acciari was allowed a brief leave of absence from the Bruins to attend the memorial services of his best friend and former teammate, Drew Brown, who passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 25.

Acciari did not practice with the Bruins on Monday, but is expected to rejoin the team for its game against the Ducks on Wednesday in Anaheim. Despite learning of his friend's passing, Acciari still played against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at TD Garden.

"Our condolences go out to the Brown family and to Noel," said Bruce Cassidy. "Even trying to play (Saturday) night I give him credit. Everyone grieves differently and it'll be up to Noel. We'll give him as much time as he needs."