Derek Boogaard was one of the N.H.L.’s most feared fighters before overdosing on May 13, 2011. The New York Times examined the life and death of the professional hockey player in 2011.
During Game One of the 2008 Western Conference Quarterfinal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild and Ian Laperriere of the Colorado Avalanche fight for position at Xcel Energy Center. Matched: Left sleeve repair between numbers.
The tragic tale of Derek Boogaard, the former Minnesota Wild player who died in 2011 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and narcotic painkillers, is an indictment of the National Hockey League's handling of injuries and substance abuse.