Disclaimer: This is one of those rare circumstances where we will not opine on the news. We do not have any facts other than what is being reported, and it is unfair to pass judgment without having all the facts. All we can do is send our prayers to the Boogaard family.
News broke yesterday that the family of the late Derek Boogaard is suing the NHL in the wrongful death of the former Ranger. Per ESPN, the family is suing on the basis that “ the league is responsible for the brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as an enforcer in the league, and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.”
Boogaard died in May of 2011 after an accidental overdose of alcohol and painkillers. Following his death, his brain was examined by Boston University School of Medicine and he was diagnosed with “chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment that is caused by repeated blows to the head.”
This is another chapter in the chapter in the Boogaard tragedy. The previous chapter included a “lawsuit against the NHLPA that was dismissed last Spring.”