More winter Friday nights than not through my first few years of high school, I was in my usual seat at the local arena, three or four rows up behind the home team's bench. On the ice, the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's, a group of—boys, really, aged 16 to 20. A handful of them would go on to be drafted by NHL…
Two men were arrested this morning in connection with the death of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died in 2011 from an overdose of alcohol and prescription painkillers.
If you haven't read John Branch’s excellent profile of the late Derek Boogaard, do yourself a favor. “A Boy Learns to Brawl,” is top-notch:
Almost two years ago to the day, Derek Boogaard died in his Minneapolis apartment. Late Friday afternoon, his family filed suit in Circuit Court of Cook County (Illinois) for his wrongful death.
TMZ—of all places—is reporting that Derek Boogaard's family will sue the NHL Player's Association for the money left on the enforcer's contract when he died in May 2011 (as well as some punitive damages). The family says that the NHLPA was supposed to help them collect the remaining balance, but didn't.
Hockey doesn't show up on a toxicology report. The coroner will tell you that it was too much alcohol and too much oxycodone that stopped Boogaard's heart on an early morning last May, and the NHL will tell you the same. But it was hockey that caused Boogaard to turn to pills, hockey that caused him to need them…
Longtime NHL defenseman Wade Belak, who spent much of his career with the Maple Leafs, was found dead at 35 today in his Toronto hotel, according to a report from QMI Agency in Canada.
He had no hockey skills to speak of. He couldn't skate, pass, or shoot, and he couldn't check. Derek Boogaard could do one thing: fight. He died Friday of unknown causes, at age 28. If fighting killed him, as some fear, it was also the only thing that gave him a career. READ »
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