A little behind on this, but I felt it necessary to make a post in respect of Derek Boogaard.
Let’s be honest. As Oilers fans… most of us hated this guy. I see it in your comments already.. “I hated him… but…” As for me, well, I’ll echo those sentiments. I hated him… but, I hated him because he did his job exactly how it was supposed to be played, when he was with Minnesota (I didn’t follow his career in New York, so I’m not sure how well he fared there). He wasn’t a skilled hockey player, by any sense… he knew his role though, and his type was a dying breed. Who could forget the number of times he steam-rolled one of our stars, and through them off their game… directing the attention to him, rather than goal scoring? It happened more times than I’d like to admit to. He was a damn good fighter too… huge… intimidating… and that’s how I’ll remember the Boogeyman. It’s always a tragedy to see someone pass at such an early age, whether you dislike them or not. And well, even though I “hated” Boogaard, there was always a respect there for what he does.
Now.. age 28. That will raise some questions. Out of respect, I won’t make any speculation, but there is an autopsy to be performed soon. I am interested in what the results of this are.