A P.E.I. family who recently suffered a tragic loss left Wednesday for New York City to take in an NHL hockey game.

Victims

Brent McGuigan, 68, and his son Brendon Patrick McGuigan, 39, were killed near Montague last August. (Submitted by McGuigan family)

Kim McGuigan is the mother of four young children. Her husband Brendon McGuigan died last summer in a double homicide.

He was a lifelong New York Islanders fan.

The family got a send-off at Charlottetown airport Wednesday that included members of the University of Prince Edward Island hockey team.

At each of their home games, the New York Islanders host a child who has recently lost a parent. The UPEI Panthers raised money and arranged the McGuigans' visit.

Brendon McGuigan was a huge fan of that team as well.

Kim McGuigan

Brendon McGuigan's wife Kim says her children have been smiling and laughing in preparation for their trip to New York. (CBC)

"Unbelievable, unbelievable," Kim McGuigan said. "If he could be here to see these guys in all these Islanders suits, I know it would be a dream come true for him, so we're hoping to get to Long Island and make that dream come true for him."

Brendon McGuigan was shot and killed, along with his father, Brent, in the elder McGuigan's home near Montague last August.

The incident has spurred heartfelt support for his widow and her young family, Abbey, Kayden, Mataya and infant Kenzie, born Dec. 8.

Love of hockey runs deep

Kim's brother Kevin Green will accompany them to Long Island.

"I guess everyone knows where this started with the tragic events last summer," Green said. "It caused so much sadness and confusion and challenges for the family. On a positive note, the good that's taken place since then has been just heart touching, amazing really."

McGuigan's love of hockey runs deep. He was buried in his New York Islanders jersey.

Kayden McGuigan

Kayden McGuigan will support both the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins at the game. (CBC)

Young Kayden is a big fan of the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders will host the Bruins in Thursday's game at Nassau Coliseum.

But he will be supporting both.

"I'm going to be wearing an Islanders jersey and a Boston hat," he said.

McGuigan hopes the trip can help her family heal.

"Nothing can ever make things better for us but we hope this trip can bring a little happiness," she said. "In the last five months I have not seen too many laughs, but in the last few days, I've seen smiles again."