Boogaard’s cause of death made public

 

On Friday morning the big mystery was revealled involving the shocking death of former NHL tough guy, Derek Boogaard. Described by his NHL peers as a big teddy bear, Boogaard, who played for the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers in his brief career, apparently died around May 13, as a result of accidently mixing alcohol with the pain killer oxycodone. According to the Hennipen County Medical Examiner, Boogaard, who was found dead on May 13th in his Minnesota appartment, battled an off and on with pain addiction and alcohol. Unfortunately the Hennipen County Medical Examiner couldn’t come up with when exactly he died. This past season Boogaard played in only 22 games with New York, due to shoulder surgery and a major concussion, that he suffered in December. Hi family released a statement with the NHL Players’ Association, which read “After repeated courageous attempts at rehabilitation and with the full support of the New York Rangers, the NHLPA and the NHL, Derek had been showing tremendous improvement, but was ultimately unable to beat this opponent,” the family said. “While he played and lived with pain for many years, his passion for the game, his teammates, and his community work was unstoppable.” Boogaard’s agent, Ron Salcer, said that what made it a real tragedy was that Boogaard was turning the corner and doing really well. He also offered his opinion about athletes being offered pain medication. “I do think these pain meds get prescribed way too easily,” Salcer said. “Athletes, including hockey players, deal with a lot of pain and injuries and want to get through them. There just has to be more education before they get prescribed. That is what concerns me.” In only six NHL seasons the 28 year-old scored three goals, 16 points, while racking up 589 penalty minutes. Known as the pound for pound NHL heavyweight champion, people still talk about his last fight, which was on December 9, against the Ottawa Senator’s, Matt Carkner. Unfortunately, that was also the fight where he suffered that concussion and badly hurt his shoulder.

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