Rangers’ enforcer Boogaard found dead


The hockey world was rocked with shocking news on Friday as it was announced that New York Rangers’ enforcer, Derek Boogaard, has passed away at 28 years of age. Boogaard, who was nicknamed “The Boogeyman” was apparently found dead by relatives in his Minnesota appartment. Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2001, he played for them from 2005 until 2010. Last summer he left as a free agent for the New York Rangers where he played only 22 games and scored one goal and two points. Despite missing so much time recovering from shoulder surgery he still managed to make a good impression on his Rangers’ general manager, Glen Sather. “Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” Sather said. “He was a very thoughtful person, who will be missed by all those who know him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.” On the ice he took no prisioners, but off he was known for his charity work, which included Defending the Blueline Foundation, which works to ensure that children of military members can afford equipment for playing hockey. Last year he also organized the Boogaard’s Booguardians who buy tickets for military members and their family to New York Ranger’s games. During his career Boogaard played in 277 games and scored three goals, 16 points and 589 penalty minutes. He’ll definately be missed.


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