Derek Boogaard, a 28-year-old Ranger regarded as one of the toughest fighters in the N.H.L., was found dead Friday, the team announced.
The Rangersdid not release details of Boogaard’s death. But The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that he was found dead in his home by members of his family. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office in Minnesota confirmed those details and said an autopsy was pending.
Boogaard’s only season with the Rangers ended prematurely on Dec. 9, when he sustained a concussion in a fight with the Senators’ Matt Carkner in Ottawa. He did not play again.