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Born June 23, 1982 (1982-06-23) (age 27),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
257 lb (117 kg; 18 st 5 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 202nd overall, 2001
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2005 – present

Derek Boogaard (born on June 23, 1982, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Known primarily as a fighter and enforcer, he is nicknamed the "Boogeyman" and "The Mountie". A 2007 survey of NHL players showed that Boogaard was the second most intimidating player in the NHL, behind Georges Laraque of the Montreal Canadiens.[1]

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Playing career

Boogaard played Major Junior Hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Regina Pats, Prince George Cougars and Medicine Hat Tigers. After recording 9 points and 245 penalty minutes with the Cougars in 2000–01, he was drafted in the 7th round, 202nd overall, by the Minnesota Wild in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Midway through the 2002–03 season, he turned pro and joined the Louisiana IceGators of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He then spent two seasons with the Houston Aeros before earning a roster spot with the Wild in 2005–06.

By the end of 2009 Boogaard had played four and a half seasons with the Wild tallying 2 goals (both scored in his first season) and 492 penalty minutes.[2]

Role as an enforcer

Boogaard's knockout of fellow enforcer Todd Fedoruk in a fight during a game against the Anaheim Ducks helped spark debate over increasing the punishment for fighting in the NHL. During this fight, Boogaard landed a brutal punch to the cheek sending Fedoruk to the ice. As a result, Fedoruk had to undergo surgery to reconstruct his shattered cheek using titanium plates. Fedoruk and Boogaard would later become teammates in Minnesota during the 2007–08 season.[3]

Boogaard is noted for a humorous incident that happened during the Wild's prospects camp prior to the 2001–02 season. When trying to check another player on the ice, Boogaard missed him and crashed into the boards with such force that he went through a pane of glass and over the boards. Boogaard stepped back onto the ice seconds later and a replacement pane was adorned with a drawing of a person.[4]

Boogaard and his brother Aaron, who plays hockey for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, run the Derek and Aaron Boogaard Fighting Camp in Regina, Saskatchewan, for children ages 12 to 18. This has sparked some controversy, with some people siding with the Boogaards, saying that they are teaching children how to not get hurt in a fight, and others opposing them, with the position that the Boogaards' camp is merely encouraging children to fight.[5]

Goal-less streak

As of February 14, 2010, Boogaard has gone 209 games without scoring a goal which is the longest active streak in the NHL. His last goal was scored against the Anaheim Ducks on January 7, 2006.[6]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Regina Pats WHL 5 0 0 0 17
1999–00 Prince George Cougars WHL 33 0 0 0 149
2000–01 Prince George Cougars WHL 61 1 8 9 245 6 1 0 1 31
2001–02 Prince George Cougars WHL 2 0 0 0 16
2001–02 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 46 1 8 9 178
2002–03 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 27 1 2 3 65
2002–03 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 33 1 2 3 240 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Houston Aeros AHL 53 0 4 4 207 2 0 1 1 16
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 56 1 4 5 259 5 0 0 0 38
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 2 4 6 158
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 48 0 1 1 120 4 0 1 1 20
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 34 0 0 0 74 6 0 0 0 24
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 0 3 3 87
NHL totals 198 2 8 10 439 10 0 1 1 44

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