The parents of the late NHL player Derek Boogaard are suing the NHLPA for $9.8 million, according to a report by TMZ. Boogaard passed away May 13, 2011 at the age of 28 due to a fatal mixture of oxycodone and alcohol.
According to the report, Boogaard's parents believe the NHL is responsible for their son's addiction. The NHLPA allegedly agreed to help Boogaard's parents collect the remaining $4.8 million on Boogaard's contract with the New York Rangers.
The deadline for the grievance against the Rangers has now passed, leading to the lawsuit. The Boogaard family is suing for the $4.8 million due from Boogaard's contract, and an additional $5 million in punitive damages.
Boogaard played five seasons as an enforcer for the Minnesota Wild and one season with the Rangers before his death.