Derek Boogaard; RIP

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.

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  • Derek was a gentle giant off the ice and a warrior on it. I wish we could have seen more of the big man. Sad day for hockey.

  • Going to be really to go back to talk about rangers hockey for the time being. I hope the Rangers honor him in someway next year by wearing a patch or something. Imagine though if the Rangers were magically still in the play offs and this happened? Be tough to watch, and tough for the guys to stay focused on the ice.

  • To think this guy was only 28 and had his whole in front in him. Tragedies like this this help us to put life in perspective and be thankful for what we have. Being a teams enforcer is never an easy job and takes guts and heart. God Bless you Derek.

  • Well said. Hopefully with this tragedy we are able to learn something about the affect of concussions on these great athletes.

    His family donating his brain to science was a selfless and under appreciated move. Hopefully it will help further the cause.

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