Monday, May 13, 2013 | Categories: Features
(Photo: Mark Taylor/Canadian Press)
No one from the National Hockey League was in the room the night Derek Boogaard died. But the hockey enforcer's family is now arguing in a lawsuit that the NHL didn't do enough to prevent his death.
Two years ago today, Derek Boogaard's was found dead in his apartment. The immediate cause -- an accidental overdose of pain pills and alcohol.
First, from our archives, we hear Carol's conversation with Len Boogaard, Derek's father about his investigation into how and why his son died, including the pain from injuries suffered while fighting on the ice and Derek's subsequent addiction to the pills he took to relieve that pain.
Then Carol speaks with John Branch who has been covering this story extensively for the New York Times. He's now writing a book about Derek Boogaard. We reached him in San Francisco.
Branch tells that his family trusted that the team promised to take care of Derek but they could see his addictive behaviour. He says if the family's lawsuit is successful, it may finally bring about some change in the NHL.