Wild to honor Boogaard, Demitra all season long

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.
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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.

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