Derek Boogaard suffered from substance addiction

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In the wake of Derek Boogaard's tragic death Friday at the age of 28, word emerged today that he had sought treatment for substance addiction at least twice in the past.

The New York Post reported that Boogaard had been receiving counseling from the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Program in the weeks leading up to his death.
"Sources close to the situation stressed it would ... be unfair to draw inferences from Boogaard's participation in the program as to the cause of his death," the Post said.

The Star Tribune also revealed today that Derek Boogaard had previously entered the league's substance-treatment program under the guise of a concussion when he was with the Wild.
In addition, Star Tribune sources say when Boogaard missed most of the Wild's training camp in 2009 and the first two weeks of the season under the guise of a concussion, he actually was entered into Stage 1 of the program.
Previous Coverage
-> The Boogeyman Drops the Gloves: Profile of the Wild Enforcer
-> The Boogeyman Unfiltered: The Q & A with Derek Boogaard
-> RIP Derek Boogaard: Obituary
-> Did season-ending concussion play a role in Boogaard's untimely death?
-> Boogaard's brain donated to Sports Legacy Institute

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Clinton Riddle
Clinton Riddle

 If this is true, and he did have a substance abuse problem, it's being well hidden. I just wrote an article on this very subject; I think it's very possible that he had struggled with substance abuse in the past, and that there's a connection between his head injury (or injuries) and said substance abuse. I hate to even bring it up so soon, but if it's true then the league has to take action to help any players who fit this same profile. IF, that is. 

God, I hope it isn't. 

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