2 indicted in overdose death of former Wild player Derek Boogaard


Two people were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the death of Derek Boogaard, the former Wild player who died of a drug overdose in May of 2011.

FOX 5 in New York says the son of a former NHL player was taken into custody this morning in Long Island, suspected of supplying the 28-year-old the painkillers that led to his death. A physician's assistant was also arrested, FOX 5 says.

The Star Tribune reports Jordan Hart, 31, and Oscar Johnson were indicted by a grand jury in a federal court in New York Tuesday.

Hart is a former minor league hockey player, and the son of New York Islanders legend Gary Hart. Johnson is a physicians assistant in Utah, the paper says.

"The Boogeyman" was a 6-foot-7 enforcer who played five years with the Wild before joining the New York Rangers for the 2010-11 season.

He was found dead May 13, 2011, in his Minneapolis apartment.

According to the New York Times, the indictment says Johnson wrote prescriptions for thousands of painkiller pills from 2009-2011, even after Hart was no longer playing minor league hockey. Johnson is accused in the court documents of then selling some of those pills to Boogaard starting in 2010, the Times says.

Boogaard became the subject of numerous stories about depression's tie to sports, as well as substance addiction, following his death.

Of most prominence was a multipart New York Times piece on the Canada native just months afterward – first about who he was, and how he became known as the man other players would least like to drop gloves with; then about his brain, and the damage that had been done to it in the form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.).

C.T.E is a degenerative brain disease often found in athletes who have a repeated history of brain trauma, the Sports Legacy Institute says.

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His younger brother, Aaron Boogaard, was arrested in October of that year, initially charged with supplying a painkiller that contributed to Derek's death. But in a plea deal, that charge was dismissed – he instead pleaded guilty to interfering with the scene of a death, after he admitted to disposing of pills after finding his brother dead.

In 2012, TMZ reported Boogaard's family was suing the NHL Player's Association, after they say the NHLPA failed to secure the remainder of his contract from the NHL.

In May the following year, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NHL, saying the league is responsible for Boogaard's death because it failed to keep the forward reasonably safe, ESPN reported.

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