LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Derek Boogaard is dead at 28; Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment today. Boogaard’s cause of death is currently unknown. The New York Rangers issued a news statement confirming Boogard’s death today. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner told news that it is investigating.
Initial unconfirmed reports claimed that Derek Boogaard was found dead by his family on Friday.
Last year, Boogaard joined the Rangers under a four-year, $6.5 million contract. He previously played two hundred fifty five games with the Minnesota Wild from 2005 to 2010.
Rangers’ president and general manager Glen Sather issued the following news statement Friday. “Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual”. Sather added “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.”
Minnesota Wild said of Boogaard today that he “will be greatly missed here in Minnesota and throughout the NHL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Boogaard family during this tragic time of loss.”
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.