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Derek Boogaard's parents suing NHL Players Union for remaining salary

The parents of former Minnesota Wild player Derek Boogaard are suing the NHLPA for $9.8 million, according to reports.

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NHLPA being sued by Derek Boogaard's parents

The parents of deceased ex-Minnesota Wild player Derek Boogaard are suing the NHLPA claiming that the NHLPA failed to follow through on their promise to help the Boogaard family collect the remaining $4.8 million of Boogaard's contract, money the family believes is rightfully theirs, according to the Associated Press.

Boogaard died of an accidental overdose of prescription pills and alcohol on May 13, 2011. The family claims that their son's two NHL organizations, the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers, are directly responsible for his prescription drug addiction. Reportedly, Boogaard was prescribed hundreds of prescriptions and thousands of pills by both Minnesota and New York team doctors for various ailments and injuries.

The Boogaard family contacted the NHLPA following their son's death in order to file a grievance against the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers, a necessary step in the family's process to receive the remaining $4.8 million on Boogaard's contract. According to the family, the NHLPA promised to file the report, however, they failed to do so by the proper deadline and the Boogaard's were unable to collect that money.

Boogaard's parents are now suing the NHLPA for both the $4.8 million they believe they were initially owed, as well as an additional $5 million in punitive damages.

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Derek Boogaard Suffered From 'Surprisingly Advanced' Degree Of Brain Damage

Derek Boogaard became one of the most revered players in the short history of the Minnesota Wild as the defenseman enforced his way through five seasons with the team. When the 28-year-old was found dead earlier this year, it caught a lot of people surprise.

It maybe shouldn't have, however, as the defenseman was suffering from the degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, according to a recent article in the New York Times. The disease, better known as CTE, has become increasingly prevalent in hockey and football players who have suffered numerous concussions.

It did not take long for Dr. Ann McKee to see the telltale brown spots near the outer surface of Boogaard's brain - the road signs of C.T.E. She did not know much about Boogaard other than that he was a 28-year-old hockey player. And the damage was obvious.

"That surprised me," she said.

The degree of which Boogaard's brain was infected, however, is startling.

The group may now have its most sobering case: a young, high-profile athlete, dead in midcareer, with a surprisingly advanced degree of brain damage.

"To see this amount? That's a ‘wow' moment," McKee said as she pointed to magnified images of Boogaard's brain tissue. "This is all going bad."

The degenerative disease was more advanced in Boogaard than it was in Bob Probert, a dominant enforcer of his generation, who played 16 N.H.L. seasons, struggled with alcohol and drug addictions and died of heart failure at age 45 in 2010.

Hopefully the experts are able to figure out how to slow the disease down before it takes any more athletes from us at too young of an age.


Star-Tribune Reporting Aaron Boogaard May Have Destroyed Evidence

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has added a couple of details to the ongoing story of Aaron Boogaard and the charges he might face in connection with the drug overdose death of his brother, Derek Boogaard.

Formal charges were filed today by the Hennepin County authorities on Friday. The 24-year old Boogaard was charged with third-degree sale of a controlled substance, which is a felony, and interference with a death, which is a gross misdemeanor.

According to the complaint filed by Hennepin County:

Police were called (to)  the apartment, where Aaron Boogaard told officers that he had given Derek the powerful painkiller Oxycodone before the NHLer went out to nightclubs with friends the previous night. Aaron said his brother intended to go on a "binger" and celebrate one day after being released from a chemical-dependency treatment center.

Aaron Boogaard also told the officers that he had been holding for his brother the narcotics Oxycontin and Percocet, neither of which came from a doctor.

Again, we will continue to monitor this story as it develops.


Aaron Boogaard Possibly Facing Drug Charges In Connection With Brother's Death

Kevin Hoffman of is reporting that Aaron Boogaard, the brother of former Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard, turned himself in to Hennepin County Police on Wednesday to face felony drug charges in connection with Derek's death on May 13.

Aaron Boogaard, along with his brother Ryan, discovered Derek's body in his Warehouse District apartment on the evening of May 13. The coroner found that Derek Boogaard's death was caused by a mixture of alcohol and oxycodone, a powerful, pain-killing narcotic.

According to the New York Times, Aaron Boogaard would often hide Derek's supply of ocycontin, revealing their whereabouts only when Derek pushed him to do so. Derek Boogaard spent multiple weeks in NHL-mandated rehab for his addiction to painkillers and, according to their father, Aaron was the one that was regulating how much of the medication Derek was taking.

"We’re just being victimized a second time," Len Boogaard said in a telephone interview Thursday. "We lost Derek, and Aaron Nicholas was the one that found Derek. So of course he’s kicking himself. He was doing what he was doing because he was regulating what Derek was taking. He didn’t want what actually has happened to Derek to happen."

Investigators have until Friday to decide whether to press charges against Aaron Boogaard or release him. The charges, if they do come, will likely involve the illegal possession and distribution of prescription drugs.


Derek Boogard's Death Ruled An Accident

Our friends at Hockey Wilderness have passed along this story about former Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard.

The reports have come back from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office, and the conclusion that they have drawn is that Boogaard's death came from an accidental overdose due to a mixture of alcohol and the prescription painkiller Oxycodone.

Early speculation of Boogaard's death was that he took his own life, and that such an end might have been connected to concussions he suffered on the ice while playing for the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers. However, the ruling that the death was an accidental one almost certainly negates that possibility. The New York Post reported last Saturday that Boogaard was a member of the NHL's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Program at the time of his death.

Boogaard was one of the Wild's more popular players when he was a member of the team from 2005 to 2010. He died one week ago today in his apartment in Minneapolis.


Derek Boogaard Memorial Planned Sunday; Fans Remember Former Wild Player

Derek Boogaard was found dead Friday evening in his Minneapolis apartment, still off-season home despite moving to play for the New York Rangers from the Minnesota Wild last season, and the outpouring of support from fans around Minnesota has been nothing short of moving.

The 28-year-old's role as on-ice role as enforcer and fan-favorite status during his five seasons in Minnesota has been met with grief at SB Nation's Wild blog Hockey Wilderness.

Fans have organized a memorial service for the late player to be held at the Xcel Energy Center at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening (the 15th). According to the post over at Hockey Wilderness, "This will be a time for mourning and rememberance of the great hockey player, and more importantly, man that we have lost. Feel free to bring photos, candles, and what have you."

Hockey Wilderness's Nathan Eide also wrote a touching memorial on the player who spent the majority of his professional hockey career in Minnesota, a portion of which is excerpted below.

Derek Boogaard was one of the most well-loved players in the brief history of the Minnesota Wild. The impact he had on this community reached far outside the boards of the Xcel Energy Center ice. Sure, he was a tough guy on the ice, but Boogaard's 24 jersey was one of the best selling in the NHL, covering the backs of hockey fans young and old. In his charitable works, Boogaard reached out to those who asked, any and all. He supported kids stricken by terminal diseases at Children's Hospital, gave money ,hockey equipment, time and visibility to the families of our country's armed forces. 

Beloved in the State of Hockey, Boogaard brought crowds to their feet in support of him, his teammates and each other. A tough guy on the ice, a caring and compassionate one off it. A family man, who was looking so forward to his two younger brothers coming to stay with him. A family who had the unfortunate experience of having that family gathering ending in an unforseen way.

Boogaard's role was an enforcer. He had the back of each and every one of his teammates. It's hard to think that in this situation, nobody was able to have his back. I will miss seeing his grin, his charisma, his undying love of the game of hockey, his teammates and fans.

SB Nation Minnesota encourages fans to head on over to Hockey Wilderness to share your favorite memories of the player during this time of sadness.

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