Derek Boogaard, a winger who last played with the New York Rangers, was found dead in his apartment on Friday, according to a report from Michael Russo. Boogaard, who began his career with the Minnesota Wild ahead of 2005-2006 season, had signed with the New York Rangers prior to this past season, inking a deal worth $5.5 million over four years.
Details are sparse, but Russo, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, broke the news on Twitter late Friday evening.
Awful news: Derek Boogaard was found dead today in his Minneapolis apartment by members of his family. He was 28.
Russo went on to add the following, which gives context and makes this whole situation even tougher to swallow.
I got several texts from Derek in the past few days. He told me yesterday he had just met with a PR firm in LA to join Twitter. He was also ecstatic that both his brothers, Aaron and Ryan, were going to be in Minneapolis staying with him this week
There are really no words to express how shocking and sad Boogaard's death is. Condolences to his family and friends in what must be an incredibly difficult time.