Monday, May 16, 2011

R.I.P. Mr. Boogaard

Found a touching tribute blog dedicated to the Boogieman - Derek Boogard, New York Ranger, and MN Wild Alum. He passed away and was found Friday, May 13th. The article is by Michael Russo, he's been covering hockey for 15 years. I like that he gave the fans who organized Sunday's touching tribute (at the MN Xcel Energy Center) credit - those girls just wanted Derek's family to know what he meant to MN, and hockey fans all over. Catch the article here.

Also, to those who haven't witnessed Boogaard in action, I think there's some fine YouTube vids Here.

Lastly, for those who don't know about his 'other life', Derek Boogaard was a tireless supporter of charities, especially children's, both in Minnesota, and in his New York home with the Rangers last year. He supported military family charities as well, and the article touches on this work more eloquently than I can. He protected his teammates, did tireless and often uncredited charity work and outreach, and, sadly, just last year, authorized his brain to be donated to science in the event of his death. Clearly, this 28 year-old sports hero gives heroes a good name.

Rest in peace, Mr. Boogaard. You've more than earned it. My sincere condolences go out to his family - this tragic and sudden loss is devastating, and I hope the support from his fans brings a smile to their hearts.

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