Derek Boogaard died of alcohol, oxycodone mix


A medical examiner in Minnesota has ruled the death of Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard as an accident, due to mixing alcohol and oxycodone.

Last Friday, Derek Boogaard,28, Was Found Dead In His Apartment . He was discovered by members of his family.

Boogaard was a fan favorite when playing with the Minnesota Wild. He was known as an enforcer on the ice, but teammates, friends and family remember him as a “Gentle Giant.” After  five seasons with the Wild, Boogaard signed a four year deal with the New York Rangers. His time in New York was cut short due to concussion problems.

If you would like to make donations in honor of Derek Boogaard, The family requests donations be made to Defending The Blue Line. The Boogaard family would like to see Derek’s legacy live on by supporting military kids and the game he loved.

Defending The Blue Line
c/o Boogaard Booguardians Memorial Fund
1206 N. Frontage Road, Suite B
Hastings, MN 55033

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