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Mother of Former NHLer who Passed Away Blames Gary Bettman

Published May 14, 2023 at 1:45 PM
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Playing professional hockey comes with risks and Derek Boogaard's story proves it. He died in 2011 after a lethal mix of alcohol and pills, but a closer look reveals that the NHL might also have indirectly contributed to his fate, given his history of repeated concussions.

His death is a poignant reminder of the potential dangers lurking within the sport.

Derek's mother, Joanne Boogaard, didn't let the anniversary of her son's death pass quietly. Instead, she seized this moment to shed light on the matter.

Mother of Former NHLer who Passed Away Blames Gary Bettman




She courageously voiced her concerns in a heartfelt open letter published in the Regina paper:

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In her poignant plea, Joanne accuses the NHL of not being transparent about the risks associated with playing professional hockey. There's a growing body of research highlighting the long-term impacts of the sport, yet it appears that Bettman prefers to bury his head in the sand.

For those who wish to dig deeper into the life and struggles of Derek Boogaard, John Branch's insightful book, "Boy on Ice," is a must-read.


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