Friday, May 20, 2011



MINNEAPOLIS — the Minnesota medical examiner ruled the death of Derek Boogaard Rangers enforcer was an accident, as a result of mixing alcohol and oxycodone.

Hennepin County medical examiner released the Boogaard cause of death on Friday. Medical examiner said that no more data will be released.

The Boogaard 28-year-old found dead in his apartment Minneapolis last Friday, five months after he suffered a concussion last season with the New York Rangers.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pound guardian became a fan favorite from the years with the Minnesota Wild. He played in 255 games with wild from 2005-10.

Oxycodone is a powerful Painkiller that can be addictive and is accused of a number of overdose deaths.

Boogaard's agent and a representative for the Boston University School of medicine said earlier this week that will be examined for signs of brain Boogaard a degenerative disease which often found in athletes who sustain repeated visits to the head.

Boogaard was known as "the nightmare" – one of the League's most feared militants. He agreed to a $ 6.5 million, four-year period to deal with the Rangers in July and has appeared in 22 games last season, finishing with one goal, a penalty and 45 minutes.

The final game in Ottawa was Feb when he fought Matt Carkner and suffered a concussion and a shoulder injury. This was the 70th fight of his career in the NHL.

That was for the last 52 games of the regular season because of injuries and did not play in the play-off. He did not skate again until three months after the concussion. He was sent home in Minnesota late in the period to work with air conditioning.

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