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Family of deceased NHL enforcer Boogaard sues league

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.

The family filed another suit late last year against the NHL Players' Association, but that case was dismissed. This new lawsuit seems to be more broadly constructed, and likely has a better chance of succeeding. The lawsuit alleges that Boogaard was given thousands of pills and numerous pain-killing injections to deal with the immense physical damage he suffered while playing hockey.

An interesting note in this case is that the family have not requested a monetary sum. Instead, they want a jury to look at the case and determine what compensatory award the family should receive. Remember that with any civil lawsuit, there are caps on what the plaintiff can receive from the case, regardless of what the ultimate ruling is.

Source: New York Times, "In Suit Over Death, Boogaard's Family Blames the N.H.L.," John Branch, May 12, 2013

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