Originally written on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 10/18/14
On May 14th, 2011 the State of Hockey was shocked to hear of the passing of its much-loved former enforcer Derek Boogaard.  It was later concluded he died due to consuming both prescription pain killers (which he had an addiction for) and alcohol.  While the circumstances of his death may have tarnished his reputation to some people, virtually anyone who knew him considered him a kind and (yes) a gentle soul.  Sure, his job in hockey was the role of the enforcer which meant he was the one teams looked to send their toughest player to square off against him.  This was a task not for the feint of heart, and everytime he dropped the gloves his opponents knew just how devastating he could be.  His complete annihilation of his opponents is what quickly made Derek Boogaard the most feared fighter in the NHL when he broke into the league in 2005-06 after being drafted by the Wild in the 7th round in (202nd Overall) in 2001.  Even though he was a fighter, his path to the NHL was never a cer...
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