Absolutely horrible news to convey, and we don't have many details right now, but Derek Boogaard has been found dead in his Minneapolis apartment.
Russo had this tweet:
Awful news: Derek Boogaard was found dead today in his Minneapolis apartment by members of his family. He was 28.
I have absolutely no wrods to express the way I feel right now. Derek was one of the greatest men I have ever met, was a gentle giant, and was massively involved in the community. I worked with him on several occasions for Defending the Blue Line. With the news from Clayton Stoner's family, Harmon Killebrew earlier, and now this, I don't even know what to say. More details as we learn them, I guess.
Please follow Russo on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/RussoStrib for the latest. It's times like these I am glad he is around.
I think I am going to be sick. No words right now. No words.
Note: Nathan is working on a memorial post right now. Please start thinking of your favorite Boogeyman memory and share it one that post goes up. Let's show him what he meant to us. Follow this post for any updates we receive.
Update 11:49 PM: New York Daily News reports foul play is not suspected, provides some reaction from Ranger teammates.
Update 10:30AM, May 14: From Russo:
Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says they won’t have cause of death today on Derek Boogaard.
Update 10:15 AM, May 15: From Russo -
An official cause of death could take at least two weeks as the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office waits for results from multiple tests, including a toxicology report.
Russo also reports that the Boogaard family has decided to donate Derek's brain to a study being conducted at Boston University on the effects of concussions on the brain. Good on them for doing that.
Rangers Press release:
Boogaard passes away at age 28
Sather: 'He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed'
Friday, 05.13.2011 / 10:36 PM / News
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are very saddened to announce the passing of Derek Boogaard.
"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," said New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather. "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."
Boogaard began his NHL career with Minnesota and appeared in 255 career games with the Wild from 2005-06 - 2009-10. He joined the New York Rangers on July 1, 2010, appearing in 22 games in the 2010-11 season.
Throughout his career, Boogaard sought to make a difference in the communities he played in, taking part in numerous charitable endeavors. Boogaard was a supporter of the Defending the Blue Line Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the great sport of hockey.
While with the Rangers, he created "Boogaard's Booguardians," hosting military members and their families at all New York Ranger home games. 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, including the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse "to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles".
The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was originally Minnesota's seventh round choice, 202nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.