2011 NHL Draft: Tribute to Derek Boogard
As the New York Rangers took the podium to announce the fifteenth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, they did so with heavy hearts following the passing of forward Derek Boogard, who would have been 29 yesterday.
The Rangers paid homage to the fan favorite by allowing his brother Aaron announce their first round selection. Of course, Aaron had to wait for the standing ovation from those in attendance in Minnesota, where Derek Boogaard spent his first five seasons in the NHL.
Boogaard was a tremendous enforcer, collecting 589 penalty minutes during his 277 NHL games, earning his spot among the league’s fan favorites.
His NHL career consisted of lots of fights won, opposing players intimidated, big hits, and even a few suspensions, but most importantly, Boogaard should be remembered for his big heart and colorful personality that lit up the league.
We should all take a moment to respect Derek Boogaard, a great hockey player and an even better man. The league could use more players like Derek Boogaard.
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