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Boogaard Family Chooses Charity Over Flowers

The Minnesota Wild released a statement on behalf of the Boogaard family tonight, asking that "In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Defending the Blue Line. The Boogaard family would like to see Derek's legacy live on by supporting military kids and the game he loved."

Donations can be made by mail at:

Defending The Blue Line
c/o Boogaard Booguardians Memorial Fund
1206 N. Frontage Road, Suite B
Hastings, MN 55033

Donations can also be made via the web at

Via their Twitter account, Defending the Blue Line said, "DTBL is honored, humbled, and completely unsurprised by the continued generosity of the Boogaard family."

This is an amazing gesture of selflessness by the Boogaard family and will no doubt go a long way toward helping the mission of Defending the Blue Line, a group dedicated to "keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation's heroes."

I hope everyone reading here at Hockey Wilderness will strongly consider making a donation in Derek's name.