Many Anchorage residents are fans of the National Hockey League, and most know about the tragic events surrounding one of the sport's "tough guys," Derek Boogaard. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound hokcey player was known as an "enforcer" -- a player that, when out on the ice, would start fights or protect his teammates. He crashed into people; he hit the boards hard; and, yes, he took his fair share of blows to the head.
Now, two years after Boogaard's death, his family is suing the NHL for wrongful death. The lawsuit claims that the league is responsible for the bodily harm that Boogaard suffered on the ice (it was found, post-mortem, that Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a dangerous condition that leads to the deterioration of brain tissue) and that the league was responsible for Boogaard's painkiller addiction.