Derek Boogaard's Death Ruled 'Accidental'

-- Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment Friday night. -- Read a nice tribute at Hockey Wilderness.

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Derek Boogaard Autopsy Reveals Death Accidental; Oxycodone, Alcohol To Blame

An autopsy revealed New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard died due to a lethal mix of the painkiller oxycodone and alcohol, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. Additionally, the Medical Examiner has dubbed Boogaard’s deat “accidental,” allaying previous concerns that a concussion sustained in a Decemberr 9th fight against Matt Carkner may have been to blame. The timing of the announcement offers closure to his family, who will lay him to rest Saturday morning.

Boogaard was found dead in his apartment last Friday, 10 days shy of what would have been his 29th birthday. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native joined the Rangers as a free agent in the summer of 2010 after spending the first five years of his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild. In 22 appearances as a Ranger, he scored one goal and tallied one assist.

The Rangers have yet to release an official statement regarding the autopsy results, but their website did offer this tribute to Boogaard on Monday.

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Derek Boogaard's Brain Being Donated To Science

Maybe some good can come from the untimely, unexpected death of 28-year-old New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard. Boogaard’s parents have reportedly decided to donate his brain to Boston University researchers who are studying the effects of concussions in athletes.

An autopsy on Boogaard has been performed, but results are not expected for several weeks.

Boogaard suffered the second diagnosed concussion of his NHL career during a Dec. 9 fight with Ottawa’s Matt Carkner that ended his season. According to the Daily News, Boogaard had admitted having his “bell rung” at other times. The “bell rung” phrase is standard terminology for suffering some type of head trauma, even if a concussion is never diagnosed.

Boogaard spent the first five years of his career with the Minnesota Wild before signing a free-agent deal with the Rangers last summer. He played 22 games with the Rangers before the season-ending fight. In 277 career games, Boogaard recorded three goals, 13 assists and 589 penalty minutes.

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