Friday, May 13, 2011

Breaking News: Rangers Forward Derek Boogaard Found Dead

In a shocking development, Michael Russo of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Derek Boogaard was found deal at his Minneapolis home today by family members.
Awful news: Derek Boogaard was found dead today in his Minneapolis apartment by members of his family. He was 28.
There is no word on the cause of death at this point in time, but for now the focus should be on the man and the loss his passing creates for his friends, family and teammates.

The 28-year-old Boogaard joined the Rangers organization on July 1, 2010 as part of a four-year deal.  One of the highlights of the season was Boogaard scoring his first goal in 234 games on a slap-shot against Washington November 11, 2010.

In 279 career games Boogaard had three goals, 13 assists and 589 penalty minutes.

Official Press Release from New York Rangers:

New York, May 13, 2011 – The New York Rangers are very saddened to announce the passing of Derek Boogaard.

“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” said New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather.  “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.”
Boogaard began his NHL career with Minnesota and appeared in 255 career games with the Wild from 2005-06 – 2009-10.  He joined the New York Rangers on July 1, 2010, appearing in 22 games in the 2010-11 season.

Throughout his career, Boogaard sought to make a difference in the communities he played in, taking part in numerous charitable endeavors.  Boogaard was a supporter of the Defending the Blue Line Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the great sport of hockey.  While with the Rangers, he created “Boogaard’s Booguardians,” hosting military members and their families at all New York Ranger home games.  In addition, he made multiple appearances with partner organizations of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse “to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles”.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was originally Minnesota’s seventh round choice, 202nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.