Derek Boogaard, a renowned NHL enforcer, signed a four-year contract with the Rangers in July 2010 after playing five seasons with the Minnesota Wild. He was found dead in Minneapolis on May 13, 2011.
The Rangers announced in a statement that forward Derek Boogaard has died. The team did not provide any details about how the 28-year-old died.
Ottawa's Matt Carkner (in red) and the Rangers' Derek Boogaard tumble to the ice during a fight in the first period of a game in Ottawa. (Dec. 9, 2010)
UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 02: Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers fights with Trevor Gillies #14 of the New York Islanders during the first period at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Rangers left wing Derek Boogaard, left, fights Edmonton's Steve MacIntyre during the third period of a game at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 14, 2010)
The Rangers' Derek Boogaard, right, fights the Flyers' Jody Shelley in the first period. (Nov. 4, 2010)
The Rangers' Derek Boogaard hits Detroit's Justin Abdelkader (8) during a preseason game at Madison Square Garden. (Sept. 29, 2010)
Minnesota's Derek Boogaard