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Mother Accuses NHL Commissioner of CTE Deception After Son’s Tragic Death

Hockey is a dangerous sport, especially when played professionally. Players compete, hit hard, don’t hold back, and give it their all in an effort to win.

The tragic anniversary of Derek Boogaard’s passing, a former NHL player who passed away at the age of 28 after ingesting alcohol and pills, was yesterday. But given that he sustained numerous concussions, it appears that the NHL was also involved in his passing.

His mother Joanne Boogaard criticized the National Hockey League in an obituary written to mark the anniversary of his passing.

She wrote the following in the Regina newspaper:


She believes the NHL is being dishonest about the true hazards associated with competing there. Numerous studies demonstrate the long-term effects of playing hockey, but Bettman, as usual, chooses to ignore this information.

You can read John Branch’s book “Boy on Ice” to learn more about Boogaard’s life story.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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