The recent and tragic death of New York Rangers hockey player, Derek Boogaard, highlights a serious deficiency in the conventional medical approach to head trauma. Although his death remains a mystery it cannot be overlooked that this young man had been sidelined by a season-ending concussion five months earlier. It was the 28 year-old’s fourth ...continue

The recent and tragic death of New York Rangers hockey player, Derek Boogaard, highlights a serious deficiency in the conventional medical approach to head trauma. Although his death remains a mystery it cannot be overlooked that this young man had been sidelined by a season-ending concussion five months earlier. It was the 28 year-old’s fourth ...continue

Derek Boogaard vs. Georges Laraque 11/14/06

Derek Boogaard vs. Georges Laraque 11/14/06

Derek Boogaard

Derek Boogaard: Blood on the Ice

In Hockey Enforcer’s Descent, a Flood of Drugs  Documents compiled by the father of Derek Boogaard offer a rare prescription history of the care given to a prominent athlete who struggled with addiction.

Shakerato: A Chilled Espresso Drink

In Hockey Enforcer’s Descent, a Flood of Drugs Documents compiled by the father of Derek Boogaard offer a rare prescription history of the care given to a prominent athlete who struggled with addiction.

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.

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.

"The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a gripping work of narrative nonfiction, acclaimed reporter John Branch tells the shocking story of Boogaard's life and heartbreaking death."

"The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a gripping work of narrative nonfiction, acclaimed reporter John Branch tells the shocking story of Boogaard's life and heartbreaking death."

"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.

"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.

The New York Times: Punched Out: The Life and Death of an N.H.L. Enforcer (Derek Boogaard was one of the N.H.L.'s most feared fighters before overdosing on May 13, 2011)

The New York Times: Punched Out: The Life and Death of an N.H.L. Enforcer (Derek Boogaard was one of the N.H.L.'s most feared fighters before overdosing on May 13, 2011)

Derek Boogaard's death shows how easily patients can get addictive pain pills

Derek Boogaard's death shows how easily patients can get addictive pain pills

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