Sad news is sweeping through the NHL world today as we find out according to Michael Russo, Rangers F Derek Boogaard, just 28 years old, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment this morning.
We may criticize too often but events like this remind us of the human element of sports. Derek Boogaard has a family and was taken away from them at entirely too young an age.
Something to keep in mind until we know the exact details of Boogaard’s death is the fact he was limited to just 22 games in his first season with New York due to concussion-related problems. I’m not saying its the cause of his death, just something to consider in the future.
More details to come as we find them out.
RIP Derek “The Boogey Man” Boogaard. Hockey loses one of it’s own too soon.
UPDATE 10:52PM – The Official Press Release by the New York Rangers
“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” said New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather. “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.”
Boogaard began his NHL career with Minnesota and appeared in 255 career games with the Wild from 2005-06 – 2009-10. He joined the New York Rangers on July 1, 2010, appearing in 22 games in the 2010-11 season.
Throughout his career, Boogaard sought to make a difference in the communities he played in, taking part in numerous charitable endeavors. Boogaard was a supporter of the Defending the Blue Line Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the great sport of hockey. While with the Rangers, he created “Boogaard’s Booguardians,” hosting military members and their families at all New York Ranger home games. In addition, he made multiple appearances with partner organizations of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse “to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles”.
The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was originally Minnesota’s seventh round choice, 202nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.