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The Life of Derek Boogaard

From Brett Popplewell in Sportsnet Magazine:

It’s Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. A cold winter’s night in Ottawa and Boogaard, age 28, has just fought his last fight and played his last game. He is hurt, worse than he has ever been hurt before. His shoulder is mangled and his brain is badly concussed.

He hides the pain; he always has. But he is not himself tonight. He is a lonely man with hockey’s loneliest job.

The crowd cheers as a ref helps him to his skates and points him to the dark tunnel behind the Rangers’ bench. He bows his head as he enters the darkness alone.

Over the next five months he’ll struggle with post-concussion syndrome, depression, and a growing addiction to painkillers. And in exactly 155 days, his brothers will find him in his bed and won’t be able to wake him up.

read on for a very in-depth look at Boogaard’s life, particularly his final days

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Hank1974's avatar

This article explains all that’s wrong with hockey today.
They try to make comparison’s of Boogard to Probert but they’re inaccurate.

First off, Probie had SKILL as a 15-year-old. In Probie’s book he admits that he didn’t even fight in hockey until major junior. As a 16-year-old he went to Vancouver for an all-star tournament and won the MVP.
In short, he could actually play the game.

In this article, they describe a 15-year-old Boogard as an ape without any skill and yet the Regina Pats can’t wait to invite him to camp.
A FIFTEEN year old BOY for crying out loud!

At the CHL level, all of these kids should be able to play the game.
If you’re drafting or inviting pure goons to your camp, you’re a disgusting human being.
You’re getting off on children punching each other in the face.
Tempers will flare and dust-ups will occur, but all the players should at least be able to skate.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/29/11 at 05:45 PM ET

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