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Published on Jul 18, 2012
Derek Boogaard fought his way to center ice as one of the N.H.L's most feared fighters. But the role exposed Boogaard to repeated head trauma, chronic pain and a deadly drug addiction.
This article, the first of a three-part series, revisits Boogaard's childhood in the rugged youth and junior leagues of western Canada and his progression from physically awkward boy to renowned brawler on the ice: http://nyti.ms/1iZZ9VQ
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