Derek Boogaard's brain donated to Sports Legacy Institute
Even in death, Derek Boogaard will help protect other hockey players.
The family of fallen hockey player Derek Boogaard has generously agreed to donate his brain to the Sports Legacy Institute for its study of concussion research in athletes who play contact sports.
The decision isn't meant to suggest that Boogaard's season-ending concussion last December was a direct cause of his death. But as one of the most feared enforcers in the NHL for the Wild, the Boogeyman suffered several concussions during his career.
Because he died at just 28 years old, it offers an opportunity to see how early the dementia-causing damage starts.
"Derek loved sports and obviously in particular hockey, so we believe Derek would have liked to assist with research on a matter that had affected him later on in his career," said Ryan Boogaard, 27, who along with younger brother Aaron found Derek unconscious and not breathing soon after 6 p.m. Friday.
Boogaard's parents Len and Joanne signed the paperwork to donate Derek's brain late yesterday afternoon.
-> The Boogeyman Drops the Gloves: Profile of the Wild Enforcer
-> The Boogeyman Unfiltered: The Q & A with Derek Boogaard
-> RIP Derek Boogaard: Obituary
-> Did season-ending concussion play a role in Boogaard's untimely death?
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