Found December 08, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News, Forget about Barnaby the hockey player and TV personality. Condemn him if you will, but my concern is for Barnaby the person. I consider him a friend. I’m worried about him. He’s a good guy on a reckless path. Recent studies revealed many players who died young suffered from brain damage related to concussions. Rangers tough Derek Boogaard was added to the list Tuesday. Barnaby had 295 fights in his career starting in juniors and suffered numerous concussions, including one that ultimately ended his career. Doctors say telltale signs of brain trauma are erratic behavior, depression and substance abuse. You need not be a neurologist to see Barnaby suffered from various symptoms. He acknowledged as much himself last season. He complained that he was short-tempered and didn’t feel right for two years after he retired. He wondered if he had disconnections in his brain and worried about his long-term health. At the same time, last May, he refuse...

The Life & Death of Boogaard, A Must Read For All Hockey Fans

For those who missed it, New York Times writer John Branch wrote an exceptional three-part series chronicling the life and death of Derek Boogaard. The story covers everything from his childhood hockey experience, to life as an enforcer in the pros, to very vivid details about his untimely death.  It is a very revealing piece and at times very sad, but it is something that should...

Do Findings Inside Boogaard's Change Debate On Fighting In Hockey?

There is a constant debate amongst some surrounding the game of hockey about the need for and viability of fighting within the sport.  The detractors argue that most who predominantly fight would not otherwise be in the league, while the supporters talk about how it has always been a part of the sport and that fighting can have a purpose within a game.  That debate might...

New York Rangers Reportedly Told Not to Comment on Derek Boogaard Story Written by New York Times

When New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died of an apparent overdose of painkillers and alcohol in May, it was a tragedy. Now, it has become a bit of a controvery. The New York Times published a three-part feature on Boogaard's life and death, including the news that an autopsy revealed he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain...

Derek Boogaard: An Enforcer’s Story

Derek Boogaard fought his way to center ice as one of the N.H.L.’s most feared fighters. But the role exposed him to repeated head traumas.

Rangers Instruct Players Not To Comment On NY Times Report On Derek Boogaard

… the story and report from the NY Times on Derek Boogaard was a real sad read. If you have not read it, I suggest you do by clicking here.  The decision to instruct the Rangers players not to comment on the story is a wise one. Right now, it has nothing to do with [...]

Slap Shot: Rangers Put Discussion of Boogaard Off Limits

Players and Coach John Tortorella declined to speak substantively about the news that their former enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died last May, was found to have had a degenerative brain disease.

Report: Rangers brawler Boogaard had brain ailment

Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment related to Alzheimer's disease that is caused by repeated blows to the head, the New York Times reported.

San Jose Sharks assistant Matt Shaw defends fighting in NHL

Matt Shaw, who once worked with the late Derek Boogaard, says 'fighting in hockey is both cultural to the game and generational to the game. That's a very difficult thing to change.'

Fighting, Head Hits, and New Responsibilities

Recent Boston University findings on the passing of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard revealed shocking facts about the condition of his brain. But who is responsible for this, the players, the game itself, or something in between? SC's Mike Chen takes a look.

Head Shots And Fighting Cannot Be Dismissed

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail, Okay, let’s haul that dead horse out once again – time for yet another beating. There’s no denying that violence in hockey has fallen into the same oh-Lord-no-not-again pit that used to hold such worthy topics as proportional representation, climate change and voter turnout – but perhaps this time, just maybe, it will be different...

Rangers Lose, But It Was Hard to Notice

It was impossible to keep the mind from racing to other topics while watching the Rangers take on the Maple Leafs at the Garden on Monday night. Two minutes into the game, Brandon Prust dropped the gloves for a fight with Jay Rosehill in the routine act of hockey enforcers setting the tone for a night in the opening beats of a game. Normally it is the kind of thing that barely raises...

Bloodstained hockey cards celebrate NHL enforcers; bad timing?

As you may have heard, the New York Times is doing a multi-part and multimedia package on the life and death of Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild brawler who overdosed accidentally on a mix of alcohol and oxycodone in May. It's a comprehensive and brutal look at life as an NHL fighter, and not without some news: The Times reports that researches found evidence...
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