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The Boogaard Lawsuit

from Michale Grange of Sportsnet, 

The question, ultimately, may be who or what the family of Derek Boogaard deems unworthy of suing?

The teams he fought for, who knew of his drug problem and allegedly contributed to it?

The affiliated medical professionals that supplied him with the pain killers and sleeping pills that became part of his daily routine until the night of his death?

The administrators of the NHL and NHLPA's joint substance abuse program where Boogaard was treated but was never close to cured before being sent back to work?

The NHL, who created a work environment where the former Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers enforcer could continually put his health at risk?

Last Friday, nearly 18 months after the death of his beloved giant of a son, Len Boogaard, a career RCMP officer, concluded an investigation fueled by tears with a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles against the National Hockey League Players' Association and one of its lawyers.

The specifics of the 13-page claim may well obscure the scope of the legal and ethical issues that surround it.

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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

It is a single lawsuit and, at that, a legal action in its infancy. That said, the lawsuit brought by the family of Derek Boogaard against the N.H.L.’s players union could lead to some novel and tumultuous territory for the sport.

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