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Boogaard Faced His Problem Head On

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The fact Derek Boogaard had been receiving counseling through the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program in the days preceding his death does not diminish the big man’s legacy in the least.

And neither will the results of the autopsy, when the findings into the cause of the 28-year-old’s death on Friday are released within the next couple of weeks by the office of the Hennepin County (Minn.) Medical Examiner, whatever they might reveal.

Boogaard lived his life as a friendly, generous, giving man who enriched the lives of those who knew him personally and those who only knew him by his uniform number, or maybe only by the number of fights in which he engaged during his six-year NHL career.

He was—and it’s applying the past tense here that just makes no sense at all—an everyman with the size, ability and punching prowess to make it to the world’s greatest hockey league without ever forgetting his roots, without ever assuming a guise, without ever forgetting to smile.

The knowledge Boogaard had problems for which he sought professional help does not change who he was or the positive impact he had on those who knew him and counted him as a friend.

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