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Updated: May 13th, 2011 9:34pm
Former Wild forward Derek Boogaard found dead in Minneapolis apartment

Former Wild forward Derek Boogaard found dead in Minneapolis apartment

by Phil Mackey
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A sad day on the Minnesota sports scene has gotten worse.

Former Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment on Friday. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

According to the Star Tribune, Boogaard, 28, was found by members of his family.

"The Minnesota Wild organization sends our deepest sympathies to the family of Derek Boogaard," the Wild said in a statement. "Derek was a fan favorite during his five seasons with the Wild and will be greatly missed here in Minnesota and throughout the NHL. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Boogaard family during this tragic time of loss."

Boogaard played five seasons for the Wild from 2005-2010 before joining the New York Rangers last season. In his career, Boogaard scored three goals, tallied 13 assists and racked up 589 penalty minutes while building a reputation as one of the best enforcers in the sport.

"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," said New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather in a release on the team's website. "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."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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