The Life & Death of Boogaard, A Must Read For All Hockey Fans

December 7, 2011, by

For those who missed it, New York Times writer John Branch wrote an exceptional three-part series chronicling the life and death of Derek Boogaard. The story covers everything from his childhood hockey experience, to life as an enforcer in the pros, to very vivid details about his untimely death.  It is a very revealing piece and at times very sad, but it is something that should be read by all.

Certainly the discussion about the role of fighting in hockey is far from over and I imagine this piece will and should raise some eyebrows.

Here it is…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Categories : Around the League


  1. Chris says:

    Excellent piece of work.

  2. bob says:

    That was a great article.I learned alot more about Derek and the whole situation leading up to his death.I definitely recommend reading it.I did not know that the problems were well known prior to the Ranger signing.Which really makes me wonder why Sather threw that kind of money at him,nevertheless even signed him.

    • The Suit says:

      I doubt Sather knew the extent of his personal problems. Very, very sad story.