Investigators into the death of New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard had not completely ruled out foul play or suicide Friday night, but neither cause of death is “on the radar,” according to a source with the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office in Minneapolis.
The source, who requested anonymity, confirmed that Boogaard had been found dead in his Minneapolis apartment by family members at 6:10 p.m. Friday night. An autopsy on Boogaard is schedule for Saturday morning.
The Minneapolis Police Department, meanwhile, would not say whether it is investigating Boogaard’s death.
“We don’t have any information,” said a spokesperson at the Minneapolis Police Department. “There will be a press release (Saturday).”
Boogaard’s agent Ron Salcer said he was “too devastated,” to discuss his client’s death and said he could not shed any light on what happened.
“It’s a horrible incident, a terrible, terrible tragedy to lose a man that young, that’s all I can say,” Salcer said. “I can’t give you any details right now. I can’t give you much information.”
The 28-year-old Boogaard had not played since Dec. 9 when he suffered a concussion in a fight with Matt Carkner of the Ottawa Senators. He played in just 22 games with the New York Rangers after signing a four-year, $6.5 million contract with them last summer. His five previous seasons were spent with the Minnesota Wild.