by Patrick Hoffman on 05/14/11 at 01:42 PM ET
That was my exact reaction when I heard that New York Rangers’ forward/enforcer Derek Boogaard passed away.
While he may not have done much in a Blueshirts’ uniform, there is no doubting that he had a positive impact in both the NHL and in the general community. That, I know, we will all miss.
When it comes to the NHL, Boogaard showed that an enforcer could make a living in the National Hockey League and have an every day role doing so. Yes, Boogaard was known for his fisticuffs but every once in awhile, he showed that he had the hands to put the puck in the net, something the Rangers’ saw back in early November in a game against the Washington Capitals when he absolutely fired a puck past the Capitals’ goaltender for his first goal as a Blueshirt.
Off the ice, Boogaard was well liked, as could be seen with the Tweets that guys like Jeremy Roenick, Paul Bissonette, Brandon Prust, Michael Del Zotto, Scottie Upshall, Brad May and Kevin Weekes wrote upon hearing the news of his death. He was also very friendly with terrific hockey writer Michael Russo.
This is a tough loss for both the Rangers’ organization and the entire NHL Community. Thanks for everything, Derek, and we’ll miss you very much.
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