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NHL Hit With Wrongful-Death Lawsuit By Family Of Derek Boogaard

from John Branch of the New York Times,

The family of the Derek Boogaard filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the National Hockey League.

It contends that the N.H.L. is responsible for the physical trauma and brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as one of the league’s top enforcers, and for the addiction to prescription painkillers that marked his final two years.

Boogaard was under contract with the Rangers when he was found dead of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol on May 13, 2011. He was 28. He was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

“To distill this to one sentence,” said William Gibbs, a lawyer for the Boogaards, “you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail.”

The N.H.L., through a spokesman, declined to comment Sunday.


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Tony Perkis's avatar

Very sad. Painkillers are no *#$%@& joke, and god knows how much a beast like Boogey had to take to numb any pain.

Posted by Tony Perkis from Drinking at Robert's Lounge with Billy Batts on 05/12/13 at 06:41 PM ET

Primis's avatar


It’s not the NHL’s fault Boogaard stupidly mixed painkillers and alcohol.  I appreciate the situation but in the end… maybe if the dude ever drank something other than beer it wouldn’t have happened.

Personal accountability: Dead in 2013.

Posted by Primis on 05/12/13 at 06:57 PM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

Personal accountability: Dead in 2013.

Posted by Primis on 05/12/13 at 06:57 PM ET

I think it died some time ago.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 05/12/13 at 10:02 PM ET


Sad that they have to look for a scapegoat rather than looking within to figure out what happened in his life.

Posted by timbits on 05/13/13 at 12:15 AM ET


Both are at fault.  No player should be prescribed as much medication as Boogaard was.  It was enough to kill an elephant.

Posted by Siggy on 05/13/13 at 10:39 AM ET

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