Derek Boogaard, the former Wild player whose death made him a poster boy for anti-enforcer sentiment, received more than 100 prescriptions for various pills from NHL team doctors in the years before his death.
We first profiled Derek Boogaard in our 2007 cover story.
That's perhaps the most alarming finding in a New York Times report out today that gives a by-the-prescription analysis of how easily Boogaard obtained drugs -- at times, a simple text message to a team doctor would do -- and how widely known his abuse problems were within the league.
Most of the information was provided by Boogaard's father, Len. The paper trail was incomplete, and it's unclear what Boogaard told doctors to get the pills, but the story paints a troubling picture of how his drug abuse was handled by the Wild and New York Rangers.More »