Today is Friday the 13th. In the hockey world, May 13, 2011 was a day that lost an important role-player. Derek Boogaard was found dead by family members in Minnesota.
He was a fighter. He stood up for his teammates and made sure that no one messed with his team. He refused to back down to anyone.
He was a kind and caring. Derek started his own charity with the New York Islanders in his only year with them, “Boogaard’s Booguardians” that hosted military families to go to Rangers games.
But most important of all, he was only 28.
For his family, friends, teammates, all the people who looked up to him, I am forever sorry. He was too good a man to lose. Too young to lose.
He may have been a fourth line player but he still made the NHL. He still made his dream come true. He was a fighter both on and off the ice.
He fought through amateur hockey, junior hockey, minor pro hockey to make it.
He did it.
Derek, you’ll always be remembered and you will never be forgotten. We know you’re up there, making sure everyone in the hockey world is okay. Your fighting spirit will never die.
Only the good die young.
June 23, 1982 – May 13, 2011.
RIP Derek Boogaard.