Friday, May 13, 2011

NHL Enforcer and Off Ice Nice Guy, Derek Boogaard Found Dead

Rangers' forward Derek Boogaard, 28, was found by family members in his Minneapolis apartment dead. There has not been a cause of death announced and autopsies are being conducted. On the ice Boogaard was one of the most feared fighters in the history of the NHL, rightfully nicknamed "The Boogey Man". However, off the ice he made an even bigger impact in charities such as Defending The Blue Line Foundation, a non-profit organization helping children of military members have the opportunity to participate in the sport of hockey.

Boogaard played in 277 games through out his career for the Minnesota Wild for six season and the past season with the New York Rangers. During his career he scored three times, one of the most memorable against the Washington Capitals ending a 234 game drought without a goal (see below), he added 13 assists and dropped the gloves 61 times and will be greatly missed.

Thought I would add this video as well. For an enforcer to have an entire stadium chant his name and give him that much of an ovation when stepping on the ice is just amazing. The hockey greats in heaven better buckle up their fight straps The Boogey Man is coming.

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