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Derek Boogaard | Winger

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/23/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 257
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 7 (202) / Min

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Despite failing 14 of 19 drug tests leading up to his untimely death in May of 211, doctors allowed Derek Boogaard to play.
We encourage you to read the link below for the full details of Len Boogaard, Derek's father, pursuit to bring whom he believes are the true culprits in his son's death to justice. In 2013 Len Boogaard filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NHL, saying that ultimately the league was responsible for his care. The report goes on to state that Derek Boogaard failed 14 of 19 drug tests leading up to his death, and had written care agreements with the Minnesota Wild dating back to 2009. In addition, Dr. David Lewis, a co-founder of the NHL and NHLPA's substance abuse program, was liable for Boogaard's care. Instead, as has frequently been described, those who were in position to truly help Boogaard looked the other way. Fri, Apr 8, 2016 09:45:00 PM

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The family of the late Derek Boogaard is suing the NHL in a wrongful death suit.

Boogaard passed away two years ago today. The suit claims that the NHL was responsible for his brain damage and addiction to prescription drugs according to The New York Times. "To distill this to one sentence," William Gibbs, attorney for the Boogaards, told The Times, "you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail."
Mon, May 13, 2013 07:53:00 AM

The parents of the late Derek Boogaard are allegedly suing the NHL Players Association for $9.8 million dollars.

The report states that $4.8 million of the amount is for money still owing to Boogaard under his contract with the Rangers and $5 million is for punitive damages. You may recall that Boogaard died in May of 2011 because of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and alcohol. The NHLPA had this to say about the lawsuit: "We are saddened to read reports that the parents of the late Derek Boogaard have filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA. We have not been served with or seen a copy of the complaint, but we are confident that there is no meritorious claim that can be made against the NHLPA in regard to Derek's tragic death". The Boogaard story is a tragic one that is likely to get uglier. We can only hope the NHL, its players and coaches will take something positive from Boogaard's death and carefully review the tolerance for fighting in the League going forward.
Sat, Sep 22, 2012 09:48:00 AM

Derek Boogaard, who passed away on May 13, 2011 because of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and alcohol, had accumulated more than 100 prescriptions in his final three seasons in the NHL.

That includes a stretch from Oct. 2008 to April 2009 where he received a total of 622 painkiller pills from at least 25 prescriptions handed up by 10 doctors, including eight Minnesota Wild team doctors, a doctor from another NHL team, and an oral surgeon in Minneapolis. "To see him have all that access to those doctors and all those prescriptions, that is mind boggling," said executive medical director of the Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey, Dr. Louis Baxter Sr. "He had such easy access to prescription medicines." It's worth noting that the records don't reveal what Boogaard told the doctors or how much they knew about his struggles.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 10:47:00 AM

The brother of deceased NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard was charged Friday in relation to the player's death.

Aaron Boogaard reportedly gave Derek an unprescribed narcotic painkiller one day after the player was released from rehab and as a result has been charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. It's reported that the drug was given to Derek at the start of a night of partying that also included heavy drinking. Aaron has also been charged with interfering with the scene of a death after he allegedly flushed the remainder of Derek's drugs down the toilet prior to police arriving on the scene. What was already a terrible story has unfortunately become even more tragic with this news.
Sat, Jul 23, 2011 09:25:00 AM

Many NHL players, family, and friends attended Derek Boogaard’s funeral on Saturday.

This was the tragic end to a tragic story. We have yet to see what the NHL will do as a response. Our condolences, again, go out to all who knew him, cherished him, and loved him.
Sun, May 22, 2011 08:48:00 AM

Derek Boogaard's family said that Boogaard had made "repeated courageous attempts at rehabilitation" before he died by mixing oxycodone and alcohol on May 13th.

Oxycodone is a powerful pain killer and it is possible to become addicted to it. "Derek had been showing tremendous improvement but was ultimately unable to beat this opponent," his family said in a statement. "While he played and lived with pain for many years, his passion for the game, his teammates, and his community work was unstoppable." His family also thanked the NHL, NHLPA, the New York Rangers, and Minnesota Wild "for supporting Derek's continued efforts in his battle."
Fri, May 20, 2011 05:02:00 PM

Derek Boogaard passed away because of a mixture alcohol and oxycodone, according to a Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

The examiner has ruled that Boogaard's death was accidental and they do not plan to release further details. Boogaard was found dead at the age of 28 on May 13th. He played in his last NHL game on December 9th, 2010, when his season was cut short due to a concussion. His family donated his brain to Boston University researchers to help in their study of brain disease in athletes.
Fri, May 20, 2011 01:55:00 PM

Medical examiners were expected to conduct an autopsy on the body of Derek Boogaard Saturday to determine the cause of death, however the results likely will not be released for some time.

"I don't think we have any answers as to what happened or why it happened," said Ron Salcer, Boogaard's agent. The news has shocked the hockey world, as many former teammates have characterized him as a gentle, thoughtful player off the ice, which is a stark contrast to his on-ice demeanor. Due to the head injuries believed to have been sustained by Boogaard during his playing career, many have attempted to use this to explain his passing, but there is no evidence to support that theory as of this time. The Boogaard family has agreed to donate his brain to Boston University researchers as they examine brain disease in athletes. We'll pass along more news regarding this tragic story as it becomes available.
Sun, May 15, 2011 12:26:00 PM

Derek Boogaard was found dead at the age of 28 on Friday.

Our condolences go out to Boogaard's friends and family. The cause of death is not known at this time, but foul play is not suspected. "Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," Rangers GM Glen Sather said. "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."
Sat, May 14, 2011 12:03:00 AM

Derek Boogaard will continue his conditioning program, in his recovery from a concussion, at his off-season home in Minnesota.

He is not expected to return during the playoffs and hasn't played since early December.
Wed, Apr 13, 2011 08:29:00 AM

Derek Boogaard (concussion) took part in the Rangers' optional skate on Tuesday.

Boogaard has been sidelined since December 9th due to a concussion. This is a step in the right direction, but it's still not known if Boogaard will be able to return before the end of the season. We'll keep you posted.
Tue, Mar 15, 2011 12:57:00 PM

Derek Boogaard said that he's no longer experience concussion-related symptoms.

Boogaard recently began to start riding an exercise bike. He hasn't played since December 9th, so even if he doesn't suffer any setbacks, it will still take him some time to get back into game shape. We'll keep you posted.
Thu, Feb 17, 2011 01:14:00 PM

Derek Boogaard (concussion) has begun to exercise on a bike.

Boogaard isn't participating in any on-ice workouts. He hasn't played since December 9th and there's a decent chance that he won't return this season.
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 01:31:00 PM

Derek Boogaard could be out for the remainder of the season with a concussion as he still isn't symptom-free.

"We're trying to stimulate, trying to get him moving around but he still doesn't feel well," coach John Tortorella said. "We'll just see what happens. But he's not close." Boogaard has not played since Dec. 9 and Tortorella added that getting him back into game shape would be a difficult task at this time.
Fri, Jan 14, 2011 10:10:00 AM

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