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 of the degenerative brain disease CTE in posthumous evaluation of Boogaard.
The CTE stuff, the summer of tragedy in the NHL, the concerns for player safety within the game … all of it has made some hockey fans reevaluate their feelings about hockey fighting.
Which is why a bloodstained hockey card set being released next year is either an incredibly courageous or ill-advised decision by In The Game.
Billed as "The Toughest Set To Collect in the History of Hockey Card Collecting," In The Game's "Enforcers" set will be released in mid-January 2012. From ITG:
Bob Probert was as tough as any player who ever...