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08:22 AM ET 09.27 | Though in its early stages, a single lawsuit has the potential to affect a great deal of hockey. [The] lawsuit brought by the family of Derek Boogaard against the NHL players union could lead to some novel and tumultuous territory for the sport. ... The lawsuit, at its emotional heart, alleges that the Minnesota Wild and the Rangers, the two teams for which Boogaard served as a designated fighter, contributed to Boogaard's death. ... [The family's lawyer, Howard F. Silber], asked this week whether the lawsuit was motivated in part by a desire to obtain more information about Boogaard's treatment from the teams and the substance-abuse program, said: "That's a great question. At this point, this lawsuit is over the union's failure to uphold its duty to one of its members."

The New York Times

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September 27, 2012  08:57 AM ET

not that I don't feel for the guy's family...I cannot imagine what it's like to lose a sibling or worse, a child, no matter how olde. But at what point does personal responsiblity come into this? Did he come to these teams thinking he was going to be Henri Richard, and they forced him to be a fighter? He has been playing this role a long time

September 27, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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not that I don't feel for the guy's family...I cannot imagine what it's like to lose a sibling or worse, a child, no matter how olde. But at what point does personal responsiblity come into this? Did he come to these teams thinking he was going to be Henri Richard, and they forced him to be a fighter? He has been playing this role a long time

each individual chooses what they will or won't do.....doubt if force was ever involved....lot of players just say"That's how I choose to play the game"....some with finess, some more physical....some both....

September 27, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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each individual chooses what they will or won't do.....doubt if force was ever involved....lot of players just say"That's how I choose to play the game"....some with finess, some more physical....some both....

exactly.

September 27, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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each individual chooses what they will or won't do.....doubt if force was ever involved....lot of players just say"That's how I choose to play the game"....some with finess, some more physical....some both....

Yeah thats pretty much sums it up...unfortunately there are many individuals in this world that don't like to accept responsiblity for their actions it is always someone else's fault

September 27, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Yeah thats pretty much sums it up...unfortunately there are many individuals in this world that don't like to accept responsiblity for their actions it is always someone else's fault

And that's why, once upon a time, the Easter Bunny, scattered eggs around the land of Ontario and lawyers emerged when they hatched. And everyone lived miserably ever after. The End.

September 27, 2012  09:41 AM ET

And where were they (the family) while he was fighting and boozing, etc? Do they not take any responsibility?

September 27, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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And that's why, once upon a time, the Easter Bunny, scattered eggs around the land of Ontario and lawyers emerged when they hatched. And everyone lived miserably ever after. The End.

I thought it was the reindeer poo from when Santa overflew...wow learn something new everyday

September 27, 2012  09:46 AM ET

What IF.....
the investigation uncovers that Hockey Management knew the risks better than previously thought and chose to do nothing for the player to help him cope/adapt/heal?

Then in my opinion the lawsuit would not be frivolous. Different opinion if it is merely a money grab

September 27, 2012  09:48 AM ET

I don't understand the part about the player's union not upholding it's duty to one of it's members. Can anyone clarify?

September 27, 2012  10:00 AM ET

What a joke ! So now every Firefighter can sue his Municipality for burns or smoke inhalation ? He chose the career and if he could speak i imagine he would tell em all to shut their mouths.

September 27, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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What a joke ! So now every Firefighter can sue his Municipality for burns or smoke inhalation ? He chose the career and if he could speak i imagine he would tell em all to shut their mouths.

Agreed. Good thing he didn't spill hot coffee on his crotch or it'd be a slam dunk.

September 27, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Yeah thats pretty much sums it up...unfortunately there are many individuals in this world that don't like to accept responsiblity for their actions it is always someone else's fault

Lawyers are only too glad to point that out for you.

September 27, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Agreed. Good thing he didn't spill hot coffee on his crotch or it'd be a slam dunk.

Who knew coffee was hot?

September 27, 2012  10:19 AM ET

Guys are missing the point since the article fails to fill you in on the reasons for the lawsuit. This article only focuses on the lawyer and his comments

September 27, 2012  10:19 AM ET

negligence

September 27, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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What IF.....the investigation uncovers that Hockey Management knew the risks better than previously thought and chose to do nothing for the player to help him cope/adapt/heal?Then in my opinion the lawsuit would not be frivolous. Different opinion if it is merely a money grab

I disagree. This is not about hiding the carcinogenic effects of something like cigarettes or asbestos. These are adults who know what they are doing, there is no hidden risk. Mr. or Mrs. Team Owner is paying you to beat people up, make sure no one beats your guy up, and maybe score a goal or two along the way. This is not news to anyone. But let's face it, all parties involved knew who and what they were. And as noted...where was all this concern when the drinking etc started?

September 27, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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Guys are missing the point since the article fails to fill you in on the reasons for the lawsuit. This article only focuses on the lawyer and his comments

I see that, but in point of fact there is, in my opinion, no basis for a lawsuit at all....
Again, a shame he is gone this young, and I truly feel sorry for the family....but...

September 27, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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I see that, but in point of fact there is, in my opinion, no basis for a lawsuit at all....Again, a shame he is gone this young, and I truly feel sorry for the family....but...

other than this mindless site; have you read what the family is sueing for?

September 27, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Another difficulty I see is proving that his style of play was a direct cause of his death. A lot of assumptions are made that it is, yet most guys who are enforcers over the years have not had a problem. And, the stuff that went on in the 70's was a lot worse than today, so you would expect those guys to be worse off. Don't know if that's true.

 
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