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Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

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Boogaard's brother was once charged with a felony in the death after telling police he gave his brother an oxycodone pill, but a Minnesota judge later tossed the charge, saying Derek Boogaard had acquired the drugs and merely asked his brother to hold them for him.

Boogaard's brother was once charged with a felony in the death after telling police he gave his brother an oxycodone pill, but a Minnesota judge later tossed the charge, saying Derek Boogaard had acquired the drugs and merely asked his brother to hold them for him.

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Derek Boogaard played the tough guy role on the ice, but his role wasn't what defined him. As an enforcer, Boogaard was charged with doing the dirty work, laying massive hits and standing up for teammates with his fists. But following his untimely passing -- Boogaard was found dead in his apartment on Friday at age 28 -- fans are remembering his softer side, which stands in stark contrast to the image he portrayed on the ice.