When something as tragic as Derek Boogaard’s death happens it puts everything else into context. In the world of hockey contract negotiations, who’s coming or going to a club and results on the ice all become secondary when remembering a person in a better, happier light.
Derek Boogaard was known as a fearsome fighter on the ice, a giant man with giant fists who many people avoided thanks to his giant stature. Indeed, he often did what was intended by merely being there such was his intimidation factor. However, Derek was known to be a good man, a kind man and a good teammate. Former Wild team-mate Marian Gaborik was delighted when the Rangers recruited him. Derek was involved in funny commercials back in Minnesota, displaying his funnier side. In addition, he made multiple appearances with partner organizations of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden – again displaying another side, a kinder side to the big fighter.
Rangers General Manager Glen Sather had this to say upon the passing of Boogaard;
“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.”
The Minnesota Wild, who were the main team in Boogaard’s NHL career said this;
“The Minnesota Wild organization sends our deepest sympathies to the family of Derek Boogaard. Derek was a fan favorite during his five seasons with the Wild and will be greatly missed here in Minnesota and throughout the NHL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Boogaard family during this tragic time of loss.”
Derek Boogaard didn’t make a huge impact on the ice for the Rangers, given his short time with the club. However, Derek Boogaard often made significant impacts off the ice – felt and appreciated by many. Here at Blue seat blogs we wish to pass our sincerest condolences to Dereks’ family and friends and everyone involved with the big man. To end on a happier note, let’s reflect on Derek’s sole goal as a Ranger. Nice finish big man.