New York Times on Derek Boogaard: 'Blood on the ice'

The New York Times has published an exhaustive article on the late Derek Boogaard, who is characterized as an enforcer who had the most feared right hand in the NHL. "Derek Boogaard: Blood on the ice" is must reading.
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The New York Times has published an exhaustive article on the late Derek Boogaard, who is characterized as an enforcer who had the most feared right hand in the NHL. "Derek Boogaard: Blood on the ice" is must reading.

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