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NHL Player Found Dead

5/14/2011 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Derek Boogaard, who appeared in 45 games this season for the New York Rangers, was found dead in his apartment in Minneapolis on Friday. He was 28.

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Boogaard, who had a reputation as a tough player, missed the last 52 games of the regular season after suffering a concussion and shoulder injury, but it's too early to know if that had anything to do with his death.

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.

Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather released a statement saying, "Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual. 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."

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1.

Fraser    

he only played in 22 games this year. get your facts straight!

1227 days ago
2.

Tim    

Out of 255 games he played for the MN Wild he only scored 2 goals. Because he was a defender not a scorer. Quite a showman too! He loved him and were saddened to see him go play for another team. We are REALLY sad he has passed away. Boo-gy, we miss ya!!

1227 days ago
3.

Roast_Beef    

Bloodclot, I bet.
A life cut short because of a puck.

1227 days ago
4.

Big Mamma Cornbread    

Rip young man ...Angel Speed....these young people are being called home early.

1227 days ago
5.

Max Zorin    

Rest in peace, Boogeyman.

1227 days ago
6.

Andy    

Calm down Fraser

1227 days ago
7.

brent    

The world loses another goon to soon. Judgement Day must be coming, God is calling his enforcers home.

1227 days ago
8.

Mike    

This news is so very troubling...

He was so young, which makes it even more sad.
I have lived a very long life here in Michigan, but was a fan of his for quite some time.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family in SASK, his team mates, and friends, of this great young man.

1227 days ago
9.

Ed    

Will always be a Golden Jet fan, but am always saddened when a nice pro athlete who was so kind to the kids is taken away from us.

1227 days ago
10.

PRO US    

He had a concussion while playing hockey for the Rangers which caused him to miss most of the season. Maybe his death is somehow related to that? RIP, Derek Boogaard.

A lot of concussions this season in the NHL. One of the best and most exciting players, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, missed most of the season with one. Unless and until the rules (suspensions and fines) are changed to properly address those players who cause severe head injuries, this trend will continue.

1227 days ago
11.

Muppet    

What is going on? All these young people dying lately :( He will be missed. RIP.

1227 days ago
12.

Neetz    

I was so troubled to learn of Derek's death. I immensely enjoyed his time with the MN Wild-it was an exciting time whenever he stepped on the ice to the shouts of Boogie, Boogie! God bless you Derek, you will be remembered and missed.

1227 days ago
13.

KET    

I hate to spectulate, but . . . there were rumors that his had been struggling with some personality changes since the December 9 concussion (depression, etc.). He had started skating again at the end of the season but was sent hone do to "unspecified issues." If I had to guess, my gut feeling is that this is a suicide, caused by brain damage related to multiple hits to the head. The sports world has not adjusted its thinking yet, despite research and evidence into this issue. Perhaps, if this is what happened, his death will not be in vain. Like Dave Duerson, the former NFL linebacker, who actually shot himself in the chest leaving instructions for his brain to be studied after his death. This is becoming a not so secret dirty little secret in sports. Boogaard was a fighter because he had to be to find a niche in the NHL. These injured players--in all sports--need to be supported better than they are. The emotional problems caused by on the ice/field brain damage is being ignored.

1227 days ago
14.

Kifferslady    

I'm a Red Wings fan and I remember him playing in our Division when he was with The Wild. He was a good solid defenseman. His fans and the sport will miss him greatly. My condolescenses to his friends and family.

1227 days ago
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Ms Thang    

RIP Young man. You were taken from this earth too soon.

1227 days ago
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