Derek Boogaard Death Confirmed In Statement From New York Rangers

The New York Rangers have confirmed the passing of winger Derek Boogaard with a statement on Friday evening. Boogaard was reportedly found dead in his apartment of unknown causes on Friday at age 28.

A portion of the Rangers' statement, with words from General Manager Glen Sather, can be found below. The full statement can be found at the SNY Rangers Blog.

The New York Rangers are very saddened to announce the passing of Derek Boogaard.

"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," said New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather.  "He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him.  We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."

Hockey Wilderness, our Minnesota Wild blog, has setup a memorial thread for fans to share thoughts and memories of the man affectionately known as Boogey. While he was an enforcer on the ice, he was a fan-favorite off it and made an impression both in Minnesota and New York.

Derek Boogaard was one of the most well-loved players in the brief history of the Minnesota Wild. The impact he had on this community reached far outside the boards of the Xcel Energy Center ice. Sure, he was a tough guy on the ice, but Boogaard's 24 jersey was one of the best selling in the NHL, covering the backs of hockey fans young and old.

And, again, condolences go out to Boogaard's family and friends during this horrible situation.

For more on Boogaard's passing, please stay with this StoryStream. Head over to Hockey Wilderness and Blueshirt Banter for the latest on the situation and to share thoughts and memories.

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