Derek Boogard: The NHL and Wild Put Up a STONE WALL

Jun 04

Derek Boogard: The NHL and Wild Put Up a STONE WALL

Hard to believe, but the sad saga of Derek Boogaard, the late NHL enforcer who had his brains beaten out as a fan favorite for the Minnesota Wild before being dumped to the New York Rangers for a final season and killing himself with drugs and booze, is getting worse: Today’s New York Times carries a lengthy report by John Branch exposing a shocking lack of...

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The Shame of The State of Hockey

Dec 06

The Shame of The State of Hockey

Last May 14, the day after he was found dead in bed in his Minneapolis apartment, a 28-year-old victim of a drug-and-alcohol overdose, I asked in this space whether hockey had killed Derek Boogaard. But the hockey “enforcer” and fan favorite for the Minnesota Wild never pulled his punches, while I was keeping my real question on the down-low. The real...

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Derek Boogaard: Killer Combo: Booze, drugs and Hockey.

May 20

Derek Boogaard: Killer Combo: Booze, drugs and Hockey.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has concluded that Minnesota’s favorite hockey “enforcer,” Derek Boogaard, overdosed on a combination of booze and painkillers. A lot of early reaction has seized on the ME’s use of the word “accidental,” as if that somehow makes it easier to accept the death of a popular sports hero who...

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Did Hockey Kill No. 24?

May 14

Did Hockey Kill No. 24?

Derek Boogaard, the beloved “Boogeyman” of The State of Hockey, is dead, his body found Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. Boogaard, a kid from Saskatchewan, was only 28, and a shocked hockey world is singing his praises today, talking about what a gentle, and decent man he was, except during his appearances on the ice for the Minnesota Wild, the team...

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