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Gary Carter's service set for Friday

A memorial service for family and friends of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter will be held Friday night.

Carter died of brain cancer Thursday at 57. He was an 11-time All-Star, playing most of his career with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets.

The service will be held in Palm Beach Gardens. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Gary Carter Foundation.

Carter -- nicknamed "Kid" -- was honored in Montreal by the Canadiens on Sunday with a five-minute video set to The Eagles' "New Kid in Town" before a 3-1 loss to New Jersey.

Canadiens players also sported No. 8 Carter jerseys during warmups and had a sticker with his number on their helmets.

Youppi, the Expos mascot adopted by the Canadiens on Sept. 16, 2005, after the baseball team left for Washington, also paid tribute by wearing an old-school Expos jersey and cap for the national anthems. Youppi later returned to his hockey jersey featuring a No. 8 patch, while still wearing the baseball cap.

It made for a special night for Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who rooted for Carter as a kid.

"Part of me growing up in Montreal is me watching him play baseball," Brodeur said. "I got to meet him a few times through my dad because he was the Expos' photographer. For us, he was a part of our family.

"He was really a gentleman, a nice guy. You could just look at his face and the way he conducted himself and tell he was a class act."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.