At only 28-years old New York Rangers' enforcerhas died.
Boogaard's death was made public on Friday night. His family said he was found dead in his apartment.
The NHL called him the boogeyman. He was considered the most feared fighter in the post-lock-out in the NationalLeague.
Concussion issues caused him to have to cut short his 2010-2011 hockey season. Some are wondering if all the fighting he did during the games caused his early death, according to NBC.com.
From SNY Rangers Blog: "Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. "He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."
The information is minimal but Russo, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, broke the news on Twitter late Friday evening.
Russo's Tweet: Awful news: Derek Boogaard was found dead today in his Minneapolis apartment by members of his family. He was 28.
Russo went on to say,
"I got several texts from Derek in the past few days. He told me yesterday he had just met with a PR firm in LA to join Twitter. He was also ecstatic that both his brothers, Aaron and Ryan, were going to be in Minneapolis staying with him this week"