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05-13-2011, 09:28 PM
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Rangers' forward Derek Boogaard was found dead

Only 28.

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A sad day on the Minnesota sports scene has gotten worse.

Former Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment on Friday.

According to the Star Tribune, Boogaard, 28, was found by members of his family. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

Boogaard played five seasons for the Wild from 2005-2010 before joining the New York Rangers last season. In his career, Boogaard scored three goals, tallied 13 assists and racked up 589 penalty minutes while building a reputation as one of the best enforcers in the sport.
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New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment on Friday.

Minneapolis Star Trbune's Michael Russo first reported the news of Boogard's passing on Twitter Friday evening, saying the 28-year-old was found dead in his apartment by his family.

"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a release. "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 and 2009-10. He joined the Rangers on July 1, 2010, appearing in 22 games in the 2010-11 season.


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Holy crap!

That sucks.

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Wow, thats really unfortunate. Prayers go out to his family, may he RIP.

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RIP DB, prayers to his friends and family.

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28 is way too young.... May he rest in peace....

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This is really shaking me for some reason.

I'm actually a little angry too.

Angry at the fact he was only 28 and his life is gone.

Nothing but my deepest sympathies to Derek and his family.

RIP Derek.

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seriously, that is terrible. Hope they figure out what happened. That is just insane.

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I was hoping this was some kind of ****ed up joke.

That's horrible man. Really sad. I can't imagine how his family feels, 28 is too damn young, RIP.

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seriously, that is terrible. Hope they figure out what happened. That is just insane.
It is sad.

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Oh wow. That's terrible.

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RIP

A lot of guys who filled the role that Boogaard filled have died early.

Tragic.

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Amazingly sad. Way too young.

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If he died from some brain injury, I really hope people don't try to make this story into some example as to why fighting should be banned.

R.I.P.

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rest in peace DB. you will be remembered.

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Here's an updated article from a newspaper in Minnesota:

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/121813554.html

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Members of the Wild family were hit hard Friday night when it was learned that Derek Boogaard, dubbed the "Boogie Man" during his days policing the ice at Xcel Energy Center, was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment by members of his family.

The New York Rangers enforcer was 28.

"I don't know how to describe it," said goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who sat six feet away from Boogaard in the Wild locker room for four years. "It's really hard. Unreal guy. Great friend and an awesome teammate. Just a really big teddy bear. Outside the rink, he didn't want bad for anyone.

"If you don't know him, if you just know him by what he does on the ice, you don't know how great he is. Smiling every day. At the rink, I don't think he was mad at anyone ever."

Boogaard, from Regina, Saskatchewan, had spent the past week in Los Angeles with his brother, Aaron, a minor-league hockey player. In a text message to the Star Tribune on Thursday, Boogaard said he had just met with a public relations firm and planned to start a Twitter account.

He was ecstatic to be returning to Minnesota, where he was going to be joined by his other brother, Ryan, a Royal Canadian Mountie in Saskatchewan.

Boogaard also is survived by his mother, Joanne, father, Len, and younger sister, Krysten, a basketball player at the University of Kansas.

"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," Rangers 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."

The news was stunning. The big, tough, 6-8 bruiser with an even bigger sense of humor planned to spend his summer in Minneapolis after a trying first season in New York.

Boogaard was limited to 22 games because of a concussion.

In a text message to the Star Tribune last week, Boogaard said he "disappointed a lot of people. So I gotta work my [butt] off this summer so I can get back to what I was doing in Minny, you know?"

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Thoughts are with his family.

I hope it was a freak thing and nothing negative in story comes from this death. He played hard and I wish it was unrelated to that.

Thoughts and well wishes!

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Twenty-freaking-eight? Just horrible news.

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Horrible news, ruined my night. All the players on twitter are commenting on how nice a guy he was. Bad night for hockey, with this and Barnaby.

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Horrible news, ruined my night. All the players on twitter are commenting on how nice a guy he was. Bad night for hockey, with this and Barnaby.
You're right, just a really bad day for hockey.

...kinda weird how it all happened on Friday the 13th...

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RIP, very sad news.

Now the question (not to speculate) would be if concussions had anything to do with this, and if somehow they did, the impact it will have on the NHL with head shots and fighting.

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Aw, man. That's terrible.

By all accounts he was a great guy. 28 is way too young.

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