Former Aero Derek Boogaard: Parents File Lawsuit Against NHL, Teams
The tale of former Houston Aero Derek Boogaard has taken some sad, depressing turns since we profiled him back in 2004.
Back then he was an out-and-out goon, trying to make the NHL through his fighting skills. He became a poster boy for concussions in sports, how they're (not) treated and the repercussions that can occur.
The New York Times did an award-winning interactive feature on him, titled "Punched Out."
Boogaard died in May 2011, addicted to pain pills. His parents have now filed a suit against the NHL and the two major-league teams he played for -- the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild -- seeking what they say is the full amount of contract money owed them.
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. UConn Huskies College Football
TicketsThu., Sep. 29, 11:00am
Battle of the Piney Woods: SFA vs. SHSU
TicketsSat., Oct. 1, 3:00pm
University of Houston Cougars Football vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 11:00am
Rice University Owls Football vs. UTSA Roadrunners Football
TicketsSat., Oct. 15, 6:00pm
Courthouse News Service reports on the suit, out of Los Angeles, saying Len and Joanne Boogaard are seeking $9.8 million they say was denied them via actions by the league and players' union.
The parents say the union mishandled the grievance process that dealt with getting their son's contract paid; they said union officials blew a 60-day deadline for filing a grievance.
At no time prior to the expiration of the sixty day period did Roman Stoykewych request that the NHLPA or did the NHLPA file a grievance on behalf of the plaintiffs and against the New York Rangers for failure to pay Derek Boogard's salary for the 2011-2012 season and beyond, or any other grievance on behalf of the plaintiffs,
That caused them to miss out on $4.8 million in contract pay, the parents say; they also seek $5 million in punitive damages.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.