Derek Boogaard

New York Rangers winger Derek Boogaard fights with New York Islanders winger Trevor Gillies at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Boogaard Family Sues NHL For Son’s Death

The family of a National Hockey League player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.

05/13/2013

Aaron Volpatti and Daniel Carcillo drop the gloves. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Hockey Fighting On The Way Out

It has taken years to reach this point, but the combination of medicine, awareness, tragedy and marketing sense has pushed hockey to the brink of real culture change.

CBS Chicago–02/29/2012

Wade Belak. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former NHL Enforcer Belak Found Dead In Toronto

Former Predator Wade Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, was found dead Wednesday in Toronto. He was 35.

CBS Chicago–09/01/2011

Derek Boogaard

Boogaard’s Brain Donated To Research

Derek Boogaard’s family has donated his brain to researchers who will check for damage that might have resulted from his career as an NHL enforcer.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2011

Derek Boogaard

NHL Enforcer Boogaard Found Dead In His Apartment

It may be weeks before authorities know exactly how and why New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died, although foul play is not immediately suspected.

05/14/2011