Report: Boogaard sought help

QMI Agency

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New York Rangers tough-guy Derek Boogaard reportedly entered a substance abuse program not long before his death.

On Saturday night, New York Post hockey writer Larry Brooks posted a message on his Twitter account, saying Boogaard “was receiving counseling through NHL/NHLPA Behavorial Health/Substance Abuse Program at time of death.”

According to Brooks’ story, Boogaard received permission to leave the team late in the regular season to receive counselling to deal with an unspecified issue. The enforcer was sidelined by a concussion after just

22 games with the Rangers.

Boogaard, 28, was found dead Friday night in his Minnesota apartment. An autopsy on his body was scheduled for Saturday, although results weren’t expected for a couple of weeks.


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