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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

The cause of Derek Boogaard’s death was never going to be easy to accept, but it was especially sad to hear that it was from an accidental mixture of alcohol and oxycodone toxicity.

That’s what the Hannepin (Minn.) County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Friday afternoon on the eve of family members laying to rest the New York Rangers left wing/enforcer who was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment a week earlier by his brothers, Ryan and Aaron.

Unfortunately, Boogaard’s death at the far too young age of 28 was related to taking medication for pain, oxycodone, which has warnings not to mix with alcohol that could cause severe injury or death. It is also considered a very addictive drug, a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1 By: Bruce Berlet

The email that arrived from the New York Rangers late Friday night was stunningly eerie.

It simply started:

NEW YORK – The New York Rangers are very saddened to announce the passing of Derek Boogaard.

“Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual,” New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. “He was a very thoughtful person who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

How is that possible, I thought? Just a few hours earlier, I had typed the name Roman Lyashenko, a crafty center who joined the Rangers with Martin Rucinsky in a 2002 trade deadline deal with Dallas that sent Manny Malhotra and Hartford Wolf Pack wing Barrett Heisten to the Stars.

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