Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 10/22/14

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matt Cooke has worn No. 24 during his entire 14-year NHL career with three teams and wanted to continue with the number after signing with the Minnesota Wild last week.Cooke knew there was special significance to No. 24 in Minnesota though. The number was worn by Derek Boogaard, the team's former enforcer who was beloved during his time with the Wild. No one in Minnesota had worn No. 24 since Boogaard passed away in 2011.Cooke wanted to be sensitive of the feelings in his new home. He knew Boogaard was adored by the team and Boogaard's fan base. So, instead of just assuming the number, Cooke reached out to Boogaard family for its approval."I didn't feel right putting it on without reaching out to the family," Cooke said. "Via email, reached out to Derek's mom and dad and both of them responded with overwhelming support of me putting the number on."Cooke, signed to a three-year contract as a free agent on Friday, was introduced t...
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