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Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:03 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2011 1:22 pm

The New York Rangers confirmed the death of enforcer Derek Boogaard late Friday night, hours after his body was reportedly found in his Minneapolis apartment by family members. He was 28. 

“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” said New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a statement.  “He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”  

Details of what caused his death were not immediately known. An official at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office told that the results of the autopsy, scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, will not be ready for a couple weeks pending toxicology results.

“Derek was a well-liked and respected member of the NHLPA, and his passing is a great loss to the entire hockey community," National Hockey League Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr said in a statement. "Our sincere condolences to Derek’s many friends and family during this difficult time.”

News of Boogaard's passing was first reported by Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Russo reported Boogaard is survived by his mother, Joanne, and father, Len, his younger brothers Aaron and Ryan and younger sister, Krysten.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Boogaard was originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild and played 225 games for the club from 2005-06 through 2009-10. The Rangers signed him as a free agent last offseason for a four-year, $6.5 million deal to help toughen up the Rangers and protect his former teammate in Minnesota, Marian Gaborik. His season was cut short due to a concussion suffered in December.

The 6-foot-7 Boogaard was seen as one of the fiercest fighters in the NHL, garnering a fearsome reputation largely from his knockout punch of Todd Fedoruk in 2006, a fight that left Fedoruk with a broken cheek bone.

"The Minnesota Wild organization sends our deepest sympathies to the family of Derek Boogaard," the Wild said in a statement. "Derek was a fan favorite during his five seasons with the Wild and will be greatly missed here in Minnesota and throughout the NHL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Boogaard family during this tragic time of loss."

"At a loss for words. I'll miss my roomy Derek Boogaard. You will be missed by everyone. Great friend and teammate," Rangers forward Brandon Prust tweeted early Saturday morning.

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:35 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:08 pm

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

very sad news. such a young guy. i really hope it wasnt a self inflicted situation because that would be just horribly tragic.

my thoughts and condolences go out to the family. 

RIP Boogeyman.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:44 am

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead


Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:42 am

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

I guess the good lord needed an enforcer......RIP Derek.....You are part of the MN Wild forever....#24

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:31 am

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

Simply put, those who cared to pay close enough attention, whether in Minnesota, New York, Saskatoon, or anywhere else, know that Derek Boogaard's true contribution to this world was in the incredible human being he was, not the enforcer he played on the ice.  My condolences go out to his family, his teammates, his fans and all those that were fortunate enough to be impacted by him.  Hockey lost a "son" yesterday, all of us lost a "brother". 

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:27 am

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

This is really sad. I got to know him a little bit from the few times that he stopped in to my store. He was very unassuming and didn't advertise himself as a professional athlete at all. I had no sense that he felt like he was better than anyone else and he always took the time to talk to everyone that engaged him.

R.I.P. big guy, there are a lot of Minnesota fans that will miss you.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:25 am
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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:05 am

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

My condolences to the Boogaard family, 28 is way too young.I don't know much about him personally, but from what I have read he was an all around good guy. You could definitely see that from the teams reaction when he broke his 200+ game scoring slump earlier this year. For the Rangers, having him on the ice did make a difference for the brief period he played before the injury, even though it did not show up in the score sheet. He was the prototypical enforcer and most feared fighter in the league.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 10:54 am

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

Article failed to mention what a great human being Boogard was. He began sponsoring children of military families to help fund them for junior hockey when he began his career in Minnesota and bought tickets to Rangers games for military families while in New York. Despite having a 'goon' stereotype, he sounded like a genuinely nice guy off the ice. 

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2011 10:36 am

Rangers forward Derek Boogaard found dead

* He has been having some medical issues

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