It was an emotional night at the Xcel Energy Center, but the focus wasn’t on the ice. Hundreds of fans attended a memorial service for former Minnesota Wild player Derek Boogaard.
Relatives and fans of Derek Boogaard shed tears Sunday as they remembered the former NHL tough guy as a “teddy bear” who was as generous and kind as he was burly and tough, a somber end to a weekend during which his distraught family agreed to donate his brain to medical researchers.
Wild fans are gathering at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night to honor enforcer and fan favorite, Derek Boogaard.
At the Minnesota Made Hockey Rink in Edina, a youth tournament may have kept everyone’s focus on the ice, but the conversation centered around Derek Boogaard.
Police Sgt. Bill Palmer said authorities received a call just after 6 p.m. Friday of a male unconscious and not breathing in the 400 block of 1st St. N, Boogaard’s apartment.
Former Minnesota Wild player Derek Boogaard was found dead in Minneapolis Friday night.