Report: Arrests made in connection to Derek Boogaard's death
Three years after Derek Boogaard died of a drug and alcohol overdose, arrests have been made in connection to the former New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild enforcer's untimely passing according to Duke Castiglione of Fox News 5 in New York.
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Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment on May 13, 2011. He was 28 years old.
Law enforcement sources say that Jordan Hart, the son of New York Islanders
legend Gary [sic] Hart, was arrested on Long Island this morning by the DEA's New York drug enforcement task force.
Sources say that Hart was supplying Boogaard, a former Rangers' enforcer, with the prescription painkillers that killed him.
Sources say that Hart could face 20+ years in prison if convicted.
Also arrested was Oscar Johnson, a physician's assistant in Utah. He is accused of writing Percocet prescriptions for Jordan Hart on nearly a monthly basis for two years, totaling nearly 3,000 pills.
The enforcer was a popular player among teammates and fans. He spent five seasons with the Minnesota Wild. In his final NHL season, Boogaard appeared in just 22 games with the Rangers after his year was shortened by a concussion. He had three years remaining on his contract at the time of his death.
Over 277 NHL games, he racked up 589 penalty minutes as one of the game's most feared fighters. He also had three goals and 13 assists.
Since his death, Boogaard's family has been pursuing litigation against the NHL and filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the league in 2013.
According to the New York Times, Boogaard's family contests tha the league is responsible for the physical trauma and brain damage the player sustained over his six seasons in the league and his subsequent addiction to prescription painkillers over the final two years of his career.
Considering the time that has passed since Boogaard died, the news of arrests is stunning and adds a new twist in one of the saddest tales of recent NHL history.