Very sad news in hockey, today (May, 14th 2011) New York Rangers forward and enforcer Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment at the age of 28.
From Regina, Saskatchewan, Boogaard was originally drafted in the 7th round (202nd overall) by the Minnesota Wild.
I know we have some hockey fans on GiantBomb, so I thought it would be good to spread the word. My condolences go out to his family.
He was personally one of my favorite players, it's very sad to hear of his passing.
Fellow NHL player's reactions:
Brandon Prust's Twitter - "At a loss for words. I'll miss my roomy Derek Boogaard.. You will be missed by everyone. Great friend and teammate."
Scottie Upshall's Twitter - "Saddened to hear the news about the Boogie man. One of the NHL's all-time tough guys life & career cut far too short."
Logan Couture's Twitter - "Very saddened to hear about Derek Boogaard. #gooddieyoung RIP."
Mike Commodore's Twitter - "Wow..Boogaard news for real? I am shocked. Awful news. As tough as they come on the ice, and a great guy off the ice. I am shocked."
Kyle Turris' Twitter - "Sad to hear the news about Boogaard today. Thoughts are with his family and friends."
Steve Sullivan's Twitter - "Thoughts and prayers go out to the Boogaard Family. Very sad news."
Paul Bissonnette's Twitter - "Had to call my folks after hearing that awful news. Derek Boogaard you were pure nails on the ice, and an even better person off. R.I.P."
Michael Rupp's Twitter - "Deepest sympathies to the Boogaard family, friends, and teammates."
Michael Grabner's Twitter - "Just heard about Derek Boogaard... That's just not fair - way too young... best wishes to his family and teammates..#RIPBoogie."
Jordin Tootoo's Twitter - "Thoughts and prayers go out to the Boogaard family."
Bobby Ryan's Twitter - "Absolute tragedy, RIP Derek Boogaard."
Dustin Brown's Twitter - "Awful news about Derek Boogaard. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Eric Fehr's Twitter - "RT: Hockey is one big family. Tonight, no matter what team you're a fan of, we all mourn one of our own. We'll miss you, Boogaard."
Karl Alzner's Twitter - "Our thoughts and prayers over here are with the Boogaard family. R.I.P."
Colby Armstrong's Twitter - "So sad. R.I.P. Derek Boogaard. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends."
Jeremy Roenick's Twitter - "I'm so sad to hear about Derek Boogaard!! He was tough as nails and even though I didn't know him I heard he was a great guy. U will b missed."
Matt Carle's Twitter - "Terrible news about Derek Boogaard, can't say I knew him but it's always a sad day when someone in the hockey world passes away. #condolences."
Michael Del Zotto's Twitter - "Boogey, you will be missed! Condolences to the Boogaard family. The world lost an amazing friend and teammate!"
Daniel Carcillo's Twitter - "R.I.P Boogy man."
Georges Laraque's Twitter - "My condolences to the Boogaard family, Derek past away this morning, it was the toughest guy in the NHL my friend and biggest rival."