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Boogaard family sues NHL for son’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS — Joanne Boogaard watched her son Derek duke it out on the ice with other NHL tough guys for six seasons as one of the most feared enforcers in the game, a 6-foot-7 brawler who was not there to skate or score, but to defend his teammates when it was called for.

“He was there protecting his teammates at all costs,” she said in a statement released by her lawyers on Monday, “but who was there to protect him?”

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