Over 5 months after his tragic passing, the Rangers returned home to re-open the 33% transformed Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Not only was it notable for the first phase renovation that was completed, but this would also be the first game the Blueshirts played on their home ice since the passing of their 2010-2011 teammate, enforcer Derek Boogaard.
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Another tragic story rocked the pro hockey world Wednesday when another former tough guy battling personal issues, Wade Belak, was found dead in his Toronto condominium.
Belak, who was 35, announced his retirement from hockey in March and was training to compete in “Battle of the Bladers,” a Canadian Broadcasting Company show that is hockey’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.” Dying seeming impossible after he had posted on Twitter on Tuesday night, joking with 2006 Olympic pairs silver medalist Tanith Belbin.
Talk about eerie and haunting similarity in the deaths of two young, tough NHL players in a span of three months while trying to fight personal demons and found dead by family members.
First, Derek Boogaard’s two brothers discovered the New York Rangers’ left wing/enforcer dead in his apartment in Minneapolis, Minn., after an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone on May 13. He was 28.
Monday, a family member found Winnipeg Jets center/enforcer Rick Rypien dead in his home in Crowsnet Pass, Alberta, at 27. No information on Rypien’s death has been released, but he had been battling depression for a decade.