Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 5/13/13

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01: Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal with team mates against the Ottawa Senators sits in the crease during their preseason game on October 1, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
On the two-year anniversay of his passing, the family of the late Derek Boogaard have filed a wrongful-death suit against the NHL. In the complaint, the family argues the NHL is responsible for the physical trauma and brain damage Boogaard suffered during his six NHL seasons and his addiction to pain killers. Williams Gibbs, attorney for the Boogaard family, has this to say when questioned about the lawsuit (via New York Times) “...you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail.”   The defendants listed in the complaint are the NHL, NHL Board of Governors and Gary Bettman. The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers are NOT among the defendants. Complaint alleges NHL breached duty to keep Boogaard "reasonably safe" and to "refrain from causing an addiction to controlled substances" — Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 13, 2013 ...
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