Derek Boogaard vs. Georges Laraque 11/14/06

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Derek Boogaard died last May of an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. (AP Photo)

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Loaned to the Rangers - You're truly Wild at heart - And called up by God (Derek Boogaard - 06/23/1982 – 05/13/2011)

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"Punched Out" Repeated head traumas, chronic pain and a drug problem led to hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard's tragically early death. @The New York Times takes a deeper look at the life and addiction of one of the NHL's most feared fighters.

Derek Leendert Boogaard[1] (/ˈboʊɡɑrd/boh-gard; later /ˈbuːɡɑrd/ boo-gard; June 23, 1982 – May 13, 2011)[2] was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played for the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL)

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Derek Boogaard (1982 - 2011) Boogaard was a former professional NHL hockey player, who played for the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers. In 2007 Boogaard was named the second most intimidating player in the NHL, behind Georges Laraque.

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