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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.
from Mike Fleming JR of Deadline,
Attention on the long-term brain damage suffered by contact sports stars has primarily fallen on pro football because of the tragic suicides of superstars like Junior Seau and Dave Duerson, both of whom left behind their brains for study on how on-field collisions made retirement life too much to bear. But the problem reaches other sports, including hockey, and Focus Features and Peter Berg are tackling the issue by focusing on renowned enforcer Derek Boogaard. A shy, oversized player who learned to use his fists to make it to the National Hockey League, Boogaard became hooked on painkillers from years of damage, and was found dead at age 28 after mixing prescription drugs with booze.
Focus has made a deal with The New York Times for an eye-opening series of articles by John Branch entitled Punched Out: The Life And Death Of A Hockey Enforcer. Berg and Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey are producing, and Berg hopes to direct. Ryan Condal is writing the script, and Josh McLoughlin will oversee the pic. The deal was made by ICM Partners, which reps the Times, and also reps Boogard’s estate and his mother and father, Len and Joanne Boogaard. All of the money they make will go to a charity set up for their son.
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.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
from John Branch of the New York Times,
In his final three seasons playing in the National Hockey League, before dying last year at 28 of an accidental overdose of narcotic painkillers and alcohol, Derek Boogaard received more than 100 prescriptions for thousands of pills from more than a dozen team doctors for the Minnesota Wild and the Rangers.
A trove of documents, compiled by Boogaard’s father, offer a rare prescription-by-prescription history of the care given to a prominent, physically ailing athlete who struggled with addiction to some of the very drugs the team doctors were providing. The scores of prescriptions came before and after Boogaard’s entry into the league’s substance-abuse program in September 2009 for an addiction to painkillers and sleeping pills.
Among the findings:
• In a six-month stretch from October 2008 to April 2009, while playing 51 games, Boogaard received at least 25 prescriptions for the painkillers hydrocodone or oxycodone, a total of 622 pills, from 10 doctors — eight team doctors of the Wild, an oral surgeon in Minneapolis and a doctor for another N.H.L. team.
• In the fall of 2010, an official for the Rangers, Boogaard’s new team, was notified of Boogaard’s recurring abuse of narcotic pain pills. Nonetheless, a Rangers team dentist soon wrote the first of five prescriptions for hydrocodone for Boogaard after he sustained an injury.
from John Branch of the New York Times,
Punched Out, Part 1- Over six months, The New York Times examined the life and death of the professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who rose to fame as one of the sport’s most feared fighters before dying at age 28 on May 13.
This article, the first of a three-part series, revisits Boogard’s childhood in the rugged youth and junior leagues of western Canada and his progression from physically awkward boy to renowned brawler on the ice.
Derek Boogaard was scared. He did not know whom he would fight, just that he must.
Opportunity and obligation had collided, the way they can in hockey.
His father bought a program the night before. Boogaard scanned the roster, checking heights and weights. He later recalled that he barely slept.
A trainer in the dressing room offered scouting reports. As Boogaard taped his stick in the hallway of the rink in Regina, Saskatchewan, he was approached by one of the few players bigger than he was. Boogaard had never seen him before. He did not know his name.
“I’m going to kill you,” the player said.
From Abby Simons at the Star Tribune:
A Hennepin County judge Thursday morning dismissed the most serious charge against the brother of former Minnesota Wild hockey player Derek Boogaard, who died of a drug overdose in May.
In a written order, Judge William Howard threw out a charge of felony third-degree sale of a controlled substance against 25-year-old Aaron Boogaard. A gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a death scene still stands.
Aaron Boogaard’s attorney, John Lundquist, said his client is relieved and looks forward to moving on with his life. He couldn’t say whether he expects a different charge to be filed. “We obviously hope they leave well enough alone,” Lundquist said after the hearing.
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
from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,
Maybe the job needs to change.
We cannot know to a certainty what role their work — intimidating and inflicting pain on other people — played in these deaths. However, the league must now operate under the assumption that the loss, in such a short time, of three men who performed the same specialty function for a living points toward a causal link.
What exactly that link may be — brain injury? the cumulative mental toll of a life of violence? — is the starting point of a debate.
Debate is what the NHL’s overseers do best — much of it pointless, and most of it leading nowhere.
Headshots were easy for them to brush past — no amount of rule changes can entirely prevent blows to the skull, since so many of them are accidental.
There is no such thing as an accidental fist fight.
This new debate must be different.
Brad May talks to Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca about being a fighter in the NHL, reflecting on Derek Boogaard and others:
The big day finally arrived Oct. 14, 2007. It was an afternoon game (5 p.m. start) in Anaheim and May said the four days leading up to that contest—to the inevitable showdown with Boogaard—were a living hell.
“We played on a Wednesday so I had all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday and most of Sunday to think about this fight I was going to have with Boogaard,” he said. “I knew it was coming. I had heard a saying that goes, ‘The anticipation of death is worse than death itself,’ and I know that to be true. It wasn’t a good place to be. I had to sleep with the lights on.”
May said the impending fight reeked havoc on his life.
“My mood was affected,” he said. “I was really short with everybody; irritable and frustrated. I still had to live my life, practise and pick up the kids from school, but at the end of the day everybody knew I was uncomfortable.
“On the Saturday morning before the fight my wife, Brigette, said, ‘What’s wrong with you? You’ve basically been an ass the past few days.’ I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I’m going to the slaughter tomorrow and nobody seems to care.’ She said, ‘I have the perfect song for you. It’s by U2: Sunday Blood Sunday.’ It was pretty funny.
from Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN,
On the afternoon of May 12, Derek Boogaard landed in Minneapolis tanned, rested and upbeat, giving every indication that the old Boogey was back. He dined on sushi that night, surrounded by a circle of his closest friends. The headaches that had confounded him and made the strapping, 6-foot-8 left winger so ill he abandoned cab rides for 60-block walks, just so his head would stop spinning, had abated. Boogey was home.
And make no mistake, this was home. The New York Rangers signed his checks, but the Canadian’s heart was always in the Twin Cities. In Manhattan, he could walk around for six hours and nobody recognized him. He hated that, the isolation he felt after he had signed with the Rangers this past summer. People close to Boogaard say he was bored and lonely in New York. When he suffered a season-ending concussion in December, things got even worse. He didn’t leave his apartment for three weeks, shunning the light, and had containers of takeout food piling up on the counters.
But now he was back, even if it was for only a few days, and the downtown revelers near Target Field wrapped him in a warm embrace. He drank Bud Lights and smiled for pictures on cellphones at Sneaky Pete’s. At this particular watering hole—one of Boogaard’s favorites—only three plastic action figures sit atop the bar, near the Hennessy. Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and Derek Boogaard.
From Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, via Twitter:
Derek Boogaard’s manner of death is accidental mixture of alcohol and oxycodone toxicity - per Hennepin Cty ME
Note: Drugs.com notes that the mix of alcohol and oxycodone is a primary concern. “Do not drink alcohol while you are taking oxycodone. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine.”
Update 1:38pm ET: The Associated Press (via TSN) is reporting the same news as above.
Update 2:00pm ET: Michael Russo’s blog post is up here.
Update 2:12pm ET: More from Russo—
Just spoke with the Boogaards. A family press release will be issued soon, as well as input from the #NHLPA
Update 5:02pm ET: via Russo, the statement from the Boogaard family:
“Earlier today, we received the results of Derek’s toxicology report at the time of his accidental death. After repeated courageous attempts at rehabilitation and with the full support of the New York Rangers, the NHLPA, and the NHL, Derek had been showing tremendous improvement but was ultimately unable to beat this opponent. While he played and lived with pain for many years, his passion for the game, his teammates, and his community work was unstoppable.
Our family would like to like to thank the New York Rangers, the Minnesota Wild, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and the National Hockey League for supporting Derek’s continued efforts in his battle.”
From Nancy Armour at Forbes.com:
It was an on-ice code of justice, and it’s proven so effective over the years that players like Probert, McCarty and Derek Boogaard built careers dishing out punishing hits.
But Boogaard’s sudden death Friday five months after a season-ending concussion, and his family’s decision to donate his brain to the Boston University project that found Probert had signs of brain trauma resulting from blows to the head, is bringing added scrutiny to fighting’s place in the NHL.
“I think the league does a good job. They’re trying to limit head shots,” Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson said Monday. “I don’t think they can (ban fighting entirely). That’s part of the game. It’s a physical sport and it always has been. If they take that out of the game that takes a part of the history out of the game.”
Like football, hockey is a game of controlled violence.
Georges Laraque shares his thoughts about Derek Boogaard and his recent treatment in New York, mentioning, among other things, that Boogaard told him he had been cleared to play at the end of the season.
Audio provided courtesty of “NHL Home Ice” on Sirius XM Radio, with Gord Stellick:
Update 5:57pm ET: QMI at Slam!Sports pulls some material from the audio above—
Laraque said that Boogaard, who died Friday in Minneapolis, told him he had been cleared to play after recovering from a concussion and shoulder injury he got during a fight with Ottawa Senators enforcer Matt Carkner in December but was told to sit out by the Rangers. That, Laraque said, had Boogaard “a bit down” the last time they talked.
“He was cleared to play at the end of the season and the team just told him to take the rest of the year off,” Laraque told NHL HOME ICE on SiriusXM Radio. “You know how much pressure that puts on a guy? He was ready to play with the contract he had and the team says, ‘It’s OK, just take the rest of the year off.’ On top of that, he told me his coach was not a big fan of him.
“I don’t want to insinuate anything that happened and the cause (of his death) or whatever but I would have been frustrated if I was in that situation. The fact he was inactive so long and those two incidents happened, it clearly didn’t help him.”
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.
“He comes to my town a few years ago. He comes to Russia. I got to spend some time with him, hung out with him. A nice guy. It’s so shocking. He come to my camp and when I meet him, he’s a real nice guy. I’m still shocked. I still can’t believe it. I don’t know what to say. He’s so young.”
-Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings on the death of Derek Boogaard. More On Datsyuk and the Wings from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star.
From Larry Brooks of the NY Post, on Twitter:
Post has learned that Derek Boogaard was receiving counseling through NHL/NHLPA Behavorial Health/Substance Abuse Program at time of death.
Moments later, he followed it up with:
Story that will appear in Sunday’s editions will be posted on NYPost.com….No inferences should be drawn as to cause of death.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
I don’t know where I’m going to go with this blog to be honest. In fact, my cursor has been flickering in this spot for about three hours, it’s 3 a.m. and I’m still sickened.
Even as I start typing now, my eyes are watering. So maybe that’s my answer.
I’m supposed to be a professional, but I’m also human. In my role, you cover players professionally, but you get to know them personally.
Like many of you, I was floored and saddened by tonight’s tragic news. But I’ve thought about this a lot the last few hours, and I want to do my best to not make this a tear jerker.
I want to give you a different perspective to Derek Boogaard from someone who covered him.
More updates below. Original post time of this post was 10:46pm ET, Friday, May 13th.
New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment on Friday.
Minneapolis Star Trbune’s Michael Russo first reported the news of Boogard’s passing on Twitter Friday evening, saying the 28-year-old was found dead in his apartment by his family.
“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a release. “He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”
Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:
Boogaard is survived by his mother, Joanne, and father, Len, his younger brothers Aaron and Ryan and younger sister, Krysten.
Boogaard, a fan favorite in Minnesota, had 54 NHL fights and amassed 544 penalty minutes in five seasons with the Wild.
More from the NY Rangers.
Update 11:15pm ET: Michael Russo’s Tweets tonight regarding this tragic news.
NOTE: More updates added below.
From a Tampa Bay Lightning perspective, all was quite good at the St. Pete Times Forum last night and, while a 4-0 shutout for the home squad makes the latter parts of Good/Bad/Ugly slightly more difficult for yours truly, we’ll take it. (And it sure beats most of the G, B & Us put together in years past where the Good was often a stretch and the Bad and Ugly could have gone on for days.)
What started as an outright joke, as in, “Steven Stamkos is currently on pace for 98 goals this season,” is becoming less funny and more scary good serious with every tally for the 20-year-old Lightning superstar. With two more last night, Stamkos’ early season line of 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points is better than Crosby, better than Ovechkin, better than the entire league and setting a breakneck pace that, as everyone’s new favorite hashtag, #stamkosmath, is documenting by-the-second (well, sort of) on Twitter, projects roughly to a 76-goal, 141-point total over 82 games. (In the interest of showing marksman-like precision, #stamkosmath actually dictates that 91’s projected numbers are 76.142857 goals and 140.57143 points.)
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
We’re not assigning Boogaard blame for anything, and we’re most certainly not blaming him for Colby Armstrong’s crushing and penalized second-period hit on Marian Gaborik on which the Rangers’ indispensable sniper suffered a separated shoulder.
We’re not blaming Boogaard for Dion Phaneuf barreling into Henrik Lundqvist early in the first period, either, though preventing such blatant nonsense was specifically listed as one of No. 94’s most important responsibilities by Glen Sather when the general manager hired hockey’s Primo Carnera as a free agent on July 1.
The idea a fourth-line player—who gets a mere handful of fourth-line shifts a night and who is essentially in the lineup to punch it out with the opposition’s fourth-line heavyweight—can be a deterrent is flawed. The idea this presence will create more skating room for his team’s stars is misguided.
It’s even more misguided when it comes to Boogaard, who is so feared as a puncher that very few of the league’s heavyweights are even willing to drop the gloves against him, and that includes the (almost always) willing Colton Orr, who wanted no part of the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Rangers galoot on Friday.
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.
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from Dan David of NewYorkRangers.com,
The last two Rangers teams that went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final could both point to one of the NHL’s most feared enforcers on their roster.
In 1979, there was Nick Fotiu—a former amateur boxing champion whose tenacity and ability to intimidate division rivals such as the Islanders and Flyers remain the stuff of Garden legend more than 30 years later. Fotiu saw his physical role as a responsibility to protect teammates, but when he did throw his weight around, he turned heads throughout the league.
In 1994, there was Joe Kocur, already one of hockey’s toughest tough guys long before he arrived in New York at age 26 and a valued member of the championship team. Kocur sparked so much fear in opponents that his total penalty minutes dropped as a Ranger because by then most other NHL enforcers weren’t so eager to take him on.
Like Fotiu and Kocur before him, new Rangers forward Derek Boogaard is a player in the prime of his career, and his reputation is both well-deserved and well-established.
You saw that there were some teams taking advantage of guys in New York; you could see that just watching highlights. That probably won’t be happening as much now.”
-Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers. More on Boogaard from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
per Darren Dreger tweet,
Boogaard to the Rangers is done
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
The next time the Boogeyman uses a hockey player’s face as a punching bag, he might be doing so wearing a different uniform.
Derek Boogaard, the Wild’s 6-8 enforcer, remains unsigned two weeks prior to free agency. And, although General Manager Chuck Fletcher says he’s had “regular conversations going back three months” with Boogaard’s agent, Ron Salcer, Fletcher has indicated that he’s unlikely to re-sign Boogaard prior to July 1.
“We haven’t closed the book either, and maybe we revisit it July 1 or 2 if we don’t [re-sign him before],” Fletcher said. “But we have several areas we’re looking to improve. It comes down to, ‘How much cap space can you allocate to a certain area without compromising other areas?’”
Oh boy as Panger says… Two heavyweights go at it.
TORONTO (March 6, 2010)—Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of a kneeing incident during NHL game #954 against the Edmonton Oilers, the National Hockey League announced today.
Boogaard, who was suspended for five games on Feb. 28, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $21,341.46 in salary, based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 7:29 of the first period, Boogaard delivered a knee hit on Edmonton forward Ryan Jones. Boogaard was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing on the play.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
So it happened again, just as it’s happened so many times with Derek Boogaard and an Edmonton Oiler, Boogaard—the very definition of a goon hockey player —made an illegal hit and almost crippled Edmonton winger Ryan Jones.
This wasn’t a hockey play, this was a crime on ice, the kind Boogaard is known for, and the kind he will continue to commit in NHL rinks until some player gets badly injured and decides to sue Boogaard, his coach, his franchise and the NHL.
All of them are complicit in Boogaard’s ongoing, illegal on-ice violence. Why do I say that?
added 3/6/210 at 8:17am, video of the hit can be watched below…
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The next time Derek Boogaard scores a goal, the NHL should allow the game to be stopped for a ceremony.
The Hall of Fame should swoop in and collect Boogaard’s stick, gloves and skates. The beaten goaltender might want to consider early retirement.
And if the Wild bruiser’s next goal comes at Xcel Energy Center, like maybe tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, bring some plugs to protect your eardrums from rupturing. “It’ll be sick,” Boogaard said, chuckling. “Hopefully I do it here.”
In recent games, the Boogeyman has been flirting with career goal No. 3—and his first in almost four years. “I think it’s getting close,” right wing Cal Clutterbuck said. “Boogey was the first star of video this week, and he’s throwing no-look backhand passes in practice.
“I’m going to say he scores, hmmm ... before Christmas.”
Boogaard’s last goal was on Jan. 7, 2006, or about seven NHLPA administrations ago.
from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,
So, while rehabbing after shoulder surgery this summer with Jeremy Clark, whose organization in Eagan provides instruction in core strength training, judo and other martial arts, Boogaard seized the chance to go to Russia and work with Detroit Red Wings all-star forward Pavel Datsyuk.
He accompanied Clark, the strength and conditioning coach for Datsyuk’s hockey camps in Yekaterinburg, formerly known as Sverdlovsk, and spent 18 days soaking up tips from one of the NHL’s best two-way players.
“The stuff he can do is just unbelievable,” Boogaard said, noting that Datsyuk also worked with kids ages 10-12 who were able to produce what he labeled “mind-boggling” moves on the ice.
Datsyuk freely dispensed advice to Boogaard, as well, and the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, said the whole experience was “an eye-opener.”
Will it make him a better offensive hockey player?
Boogaard said in the understatement of the century, that he and Datsyuk “are different players.” Nevertheless, he added, “I feel really relaxed. I seem a little more confident.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Boogaard was especially displeased by his own union chief, Paul Kelly, being quoted in a Canadian Press story, saying: “If it’s a staged fight between two superheavyweights that perhaps arranged it a day before the game, I’m not so sure those are the fights that we need to continue to have in the sport. And if they’re the most dangerous fights, we ought to take a good, hard look at those. ......
Boogaard took exception, especially since he pays his union dues.
“It bothers me a lot,” he said Thursday, adding Kelly’s comments are “kind of comical. He should try and do it then and see how the sales for everything goes. It’s goal scorers and the fighters who really push and drive the revenues, I think. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, but I mean [Marian Gaborik’s] jersey is No. 1 [in Wild sales] and I’m up there, too. I’m pretty sure it’s like that for every other team.”
Minnesota and Pittsburgh face each other tonight and that can mean only one thing- another Derek Boogaard and Eric Godard fight?
Empty Netters has highlights of their previous bouts.
Not a hockey story, but it still caught my eye… from The University Daily Kansan:
Big 12 Rookie of the Week Krysten Boogaard is a 6-foot-5 freshman center from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Boogaard is coming into her own as a player, averaging 11.6 points, 7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks during the last five games. Her brother Derek is an enforcer for the Minnesota Wild of the NHL.
Q: Growing up, were you a bigger fan of basketball or hockey?
A: Well I grew up in a hockey family, like I was pretty much born in a hockey rink. So I really liked hockey and I tried it but it wasn’t something for me so I tried basketball. I’d say I was a bigger fan of basketball.
Q: Two of your brothers started a controversial camp, the Derek and Aaron Fighting Camp, for kids ages 12-18. What’s your stance on the camp?
A: I think it’s a good thing that they’re doing that because they’re teaching kids how to protect themselves if they do get into a situation where someone is going to try and fight them. It’s just like Tae Kwon Do or anything like that. The game plan is not to go out and fight somebody.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The truth? Lemaire doesn’t play Boogaard because of a lack of confidence, not in Boogaard but in referees. Lemaire feels some refs have branded Boogaard a dirty player and focus only on the 6-7 giant when he’s on the ice….
“It’s frustrating. It’s been following me ever since I’ve been junior, you know?” Boogaard said. “I’m trying to play. ... I’m not out there to hurt people or try to start stuff.
“I can talk ‘til I’m blue in the face. It’s not changing. It’s too bad. They don’t want bigger, physical players in the league.”
Asked how this could change, he said: “I guess I have to get 50 goals a year. ... Maybe they want me to snap and go rip someone’s head off, I don’t know.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Minnesota Wild winger Derek Boogaard is out to inflict some pain, which is exactly what the six-foot-seven, 260-pounder did last year when he scored a hat-trick of sorts—knocking Oilers’ Ales Hemsky, Ladislav Smid and Marty Reasoner out of action for a spell.
All three were staggered by Boogaard hits—the Oilers would say with some malicious intent in the case of Hemsky—although Boogaard claims he was only out only to create mayhem and Hemsky got caught in his train tracks.
“Speaks to his effectiveness that we’re speaking about him right now,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “He hasn’t fought, either. You don’t want to play to his strengths, obviously. He’s a helluva fighter….”
From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,
Derek Boogaard is listed as day to day after taking a puck to the head during Friday morning’s practice at United Center. It opened a gash that required about 20 stitches and left a wound not disimilar to the one Boris Karloff wore in “Frankenstein.”
Asked what hurts worse, a fist or a puck, Boogaard didn’t have to think.
“They both hurt,” he said.
Ask a stupid question, get an honest answer.