Remembering Derek Boogaard

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Derek Boogaard
Left wing Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the St. Louis Blues at Savvis Center on October 22, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Wild defeated the Blues 3-2.
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Derek Boogaard
Wade Brookbank #28 of the Vancouver Canucks and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild exchange punches during a fight in the first period at General Motors Place on November 2, 2005 in Vancouver, Canada. The Canucks defeated the Wild 2-1.
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Derek Boogaard
Left wing Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 13, 2005 in Uniondale, New York. The Wild defeated the Islanders 4-3.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild looks on against the Los Angeles Kings on March 2, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Kings won 3-2.
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Derek Boogaard
David Koci #48 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild fight in the second period of their game October 4, 2007 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Derek Boogaard
David Koci #48 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild fight in the second period of their game October 4, 2007 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild poses for his 2007 NHL headshot at photo day in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild pushes a shot wide of the goal as goaltender Jose Theodore #60 of the Colorado Avalanche defends during the second period of game three of the 2008 NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 14, 2008 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
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Derek Boogaard
Jody Shelley #45 of the San Jose Sharks and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild square off to fight December 31, 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates in warmups before a game against the Edmonton Oilers on March 22, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates in warmups before a game against the Edmonton Oilers on March 22, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild eyes an attacker during the first period of a preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on September 18, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Derek Boogaard
Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is hit by Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild at the Air Canada Centre on November 10, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.
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Derek Boogaard
Tom Poti #3 of the Washington Capitals clears the puck out of the zone as he is being checked by Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild at the Verizon Center on November 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on November 10, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on November 10, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.
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Derek Boorgaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates during the warm up period prior to facing the Montreal Canadiens in their NHL game on December 17, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Wild defeated the Canadiens 3-1.
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Derek Boogaard
John Madden #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck between teammate Kris Versteeg #32 and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on January 5, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild tries to control the puck against Kris Versteeg #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on January 5, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-1.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Edmonton Oilers on March 5, 2010 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal with team mates against the Ottawa Senators sits in the crease during their preseason game on October 1, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangersin action against the Toronto Maple Leafs during their game on October 15, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers waits for a faceoff during a hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden on November 14, 2010 in New York City.
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Derek Boogaard
Steve MacIntyre #33 of the Edmonton Oilers fighting with Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers during a hockey game at Madison Square Garden on November 14, 2010 in New York City.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.
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Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.
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Derek Boogaard
Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers fights with Trevor Gillies #14 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.
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Derek Boogaard
Trevor Gillies #14 of the New York Islanders speaks with Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.
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  1. Julie May says:

    Derek Boogaard was my four year old son’s favorite player. Today mys son is in tears, he’s eight years old. We bought him an NHL T-shirt for Christmas and he wanted Boogie’s number and Name on a NY Rangers shirt. HE put it on today as he was going to his fellow hockey buddies birthday party. This man was a gentle man, my son got to meet him when we lived in New Prague, MN, standing in line in the heat. This man was a gentle giant, sweet, kind and patient. We took quite a few pic’s of Carson and Boogie. You will be missed, my son is so, so sad today. He said, why are a great players leaving us. . . Harmen and Derek. I have to frame the picture of him and boogie when he go to meet him in New Prague. I have never seen my son cry over anyone before. Boogie, you are one in a million. Please retire his number, he deserves it. What a wonderful human being we have lost.

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