Boogaard died from an accidental drug overdose earlier this year. He played for the Wild for five years before signing with the Rangers. Demitra was killed in an airplane crash earlier this month.
New York Times: Boogaard had degenerative brain disease
The New York Times is reporting that former Wild and Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard had a degenerative brain disease, caused by repeated trauma to his head. Boogaard, who died earlier this year because of a drug overdose, is the subject of a special series focusing on his career, and death.