I hope all those enforcers we know and love and sometimes love to hate are taking good care of themselves and their brains.  In Hockey Enforcer’s Descent, Easy Access to Prescriptions - NYTimes.com

In Hockey Enforcer’s Descent, Easy Access to Prescriptions

On May Derek Boogaard died from an accidental overdose of painkillers while consuming alcohol. Over three years later, law enforcement officers arrested two men they believe provided Boogaard with those narcotics illegally.

Need to read these stories when I get a chance.

Derek Boogaard: A Boy Learns to Brawl

Over six months, The Times examined the life and death of the hockey player Derek Boogaard. The first article of a three-part series revisits his childhood and his progression from boy to brawler.

Over six months, The Times examined the life and death of the hockey player Derek Boogaard. The first article of a three-part series revisits his childhood and his progression from boy to brawler.

Derek Boogaard: A Boy Learns to Brawl

Over six months, The Times examined the life and death of the hockey player Derek Boogaard. The first article of a three-part series revisits his childhood and his progression from boy to brawler.

Derek Boogaard vs. Georges Laraque 11/14/06

Derek Boogaard vs. Georges Laraque 11/14/06

Boy on Ice : The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard (Reprint) (Paperback) (John Branch)

Boy on Ice : The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard (Reprint) (Paperback) (John Branch)

Derek Boogaard, Life And Death

Derek Boogaard: A Brain ‘Going Bad’

Derek Boogaard: A Brain ‘Going Bad’

Over six months, The Times examined the life and death of Derek Boogaard. The last article of a three-part series details his decline, and the determination that he had a brain condition believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.

n a six-month stretch from October 2008 to April 2009, while playing 51 games, Boogaard received at least 25 prescriptions for the painkillers hydrocodone or oxycodone, a total of 622 pills, from 10 doctors — eight team doctors of the Wild, an oral surgeon in Minneapolis and a doctor for another NHL team.

From hydrocodone to oxycodone to Xanax and Ambien, his problems ran deeper than most knew.

Boy on Ice powerfully explores the tragic life of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard - The Globe and Mail

Boy on Ice powerfully explores the tragic life of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard

Boy on Ice The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch: Chronicles the events leading up to the tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard.

The New York Times: Punched Out: The Life and Death of an N.H.L. Enforcer (Derek Boogaard was one of the N.H.L.'s most feared fighters before overdosing on May 13, 2011)

The New York Times: Punched Out: The Life and Death of an N. Enforcer (Derek Boogaard was one of the N.'s most feared fighters before overdosing on May

Wrongful death lawsuit from Derek Boogaard's parents dismissed

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by former NHL player Derek Boogaard’s parents, who blamed the league for their son’s brain damage and addiction to prescription painkillers.Boogaard, a feared enforcer during six.

Derek Boogaard's death shows how easily patients can get addictive pain pills

His death exposed a drug-abuse crisis "self-inflicted" by doctors.

Derek Boogaard

Derek Boogaard: An Enforcer’s Story — Video

Derek Boogaard Tribute Ceremony - Minnesota Wild - 11/27/2011 [HD] - YouTube

Tribute to Derek Boogaard, Courtesy Fox Sports North.

Boy on Ice : The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard (Reprint) (Paperback) (John Branch)

Boy on Ice : The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard (Reprint) (Paperback) (John Branch)

Derek Boogaard, Life And Death

Boy on ice : the life and death of Derek Boogaard / John Branch.

Encore -- Boy on ice : the life and death of Derek Boogaard / John Branch.

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