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 be read by all.
Certainly the discussion about the role of fighting in hockey is far from over and I imagine this piece will and should raise some eyebrows.
Here it is…