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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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31.

goneson    

Very sad to head of this. The NHL lost a great guy. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

1203 days ago
32.

Sandi    

I'm from Minnesota and we loved our Boogeyman. May he rest in peace and sympathy to his family.

1203 days ago
33.

Majestik    

BOSTON BRUINS; PURE CLASS.

Opening night of the conference finals and they asked for a moments silence on the loss of Boogyman from the New York Rangers. Kudos to you, Boston, and TB, you guys showed that you give a crap about a fellow hockey player whether they played for you or not or whether you knew him or not.

My heart goes out to his family, and friends. RIP.

1202 days ago
34.

Joe Canada    

A great Canadian, not just as a hockey enforcer, but in real life as well.
RIP Boogey Man.

1202 days ago
35.

Scott    

Anyone who has followed hockey in Canada has seen Coaches Corner with Don Cherry. On one episode Don hit his partner Ron in the head with an old elbow pad which was foam, he then hit him with the new plastic version "ouch"!

The guys now are bigger faster and stronger. They have lethal weapons as equipment and up until recently could get away with head shots when checking.

What saddens me is having a "lawyer" like Bettman in charge who has never even laced up a pair of skates. Things need to change for the better and I hope they do. Until then we will continue to lose players like Boogie! Doesn't matter if he od'd took to many pills or whatever.....to me the underlying cause was the concussion.

God speed Boogie.....


Peace.

1202 days ago
36.

Gemma    

KET - you should NOT put speculation on the web like this. You have no idea what you're talking about. People that read this actually knew him, and I will tell you - he didn't have "personality changes" - he loved living in Minneapolis, and this was his home in the summer. Yes, he had a horrible concussion, but he was skating and living life like any other time in his life. His brothers were just coming here for a visit this weekend - you really honestly think he'd commit suicide the weekend they were coming here? God. How DARE you post such garbage. Your gut feeling is a bunch of bull****.

1202 days ago
37.

Gemma    

RIP, Derek. You were a lion on the ice, a lamb off it. You had the biggest heart and the kindest soul... and you were an ever present force on the ice. You will be so terribly, terribly missed.

1202 days ago
38.

Dee    

All of these sudden young deaths are really starting to scare me. Besides these celebries that we all hear about - I've also heard of 3 sudden young deaths of colleagues and friends of friends this year. WHAT'S GOING ON!!!

1202 days ago
39.

CrisDizzle    

It was Friday the 13th... what did you expect, Jason Voorhees was in a bad MOOD!

1202 days ago
40.

billy cema    

Much too young to die. But I'm wonderin' if anything is learned from his death. Don't they think about why he missed 52 games after a concussion? Did he have regular physical check-ups?
Did they wonder about the behavioral changes after the concussion?
If not, why not? Are they worried about the financial end of this, like possible lawsuits?
We know that many serial killers had had major head injuries in their distant past.
We know that many boxers, and football players suffer from results of career brain injuries.
Should something good transpire from his early demise, then that would give his loved ones some comfort.
In any case, my prayers and sympathies to his loved ones.

1202 days ago
41.

Jim in Cali    

the Seeker 10 hours ago

Jim, I think the answer is better padding and stronger helmets.The biggest thing is NOT rushing the injured player back into the game.
In the old days we would just shake out "the cobwebs" and go back out there creating a huge risk of multiple concussions and permanent brain damage.
Similar to soldiers injured by roadside bombs in war the brain needs time to heal and they should not return to the battle too soon..

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Actually I think its the opposite. I think these helmets and pads are too strong and are being used as weapons (not on purpose always) to their opponents.

Agree on the time limit though. guys shouldn't be rushed out there so fast. As Penguins fan that's exactly what happened to Sidney Crosby. He got his bell rung in the Winter's Classic but came back 4 days later and got driven into the boards for another concussion. Not sure why he was out there so soon and I'm beginning to feel that its possible Crosby's career is over.

1202 days ago
42.

JJ    

Our local hockey team of juniors leaguers played against him many games. He was an awesome player & made a name for himself as a teenager. So very young............RIP & condolences to his family.

1202 days ago
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Kyle in Sask    

Went to highschool with Derek. I was definately in shock when i heard the news. I always made sure to watch as many of his games as possible and enjoyed talking about his career in the NHL with another classmate. Was always proud that he made it. Definately going to miss his humor and antics on the ice. R.I.P. Derek.

1201 days ago
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