Left Fringe Graphic

Site Links

Minnesota Teams

Minnesota Venues

Other NHL Teams

Other Links

Team Member Information

Derek Boogaard

Derek Boogaard

Team Number: 24
Birth Date: 06/23/1982
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 257lbs.
Position: Left Wing
More Info
JULY 2010 DEREK BOOGAARD SIGNED 4 YEAR DEAL WITH NEW YORK RANGERS WORTH $6.5 MILLION. LEFT MINNESOTA WILD AFTER BEING DRAFTED BY THE TEAM IN 2001 - BOOGAARD SCORED 2 GOALS FOR THE WILD AND RECORDED 492 PENALTY MINUTES.

Derek Boogaard is an absolute monster on the hockey rink. He stands at a whopping 6’8” and weighs in at 257 pounds. It is precisely because of Boogaard’s size and notoriously fiery temper that he has become infamous among youtube addicts and hockey fans. During a particularly heated match-up with Anaheim Ducks, Derek Boogaard punched enforcer Todd Fedoruk so mightily that Fedoruk collapsed to the ice and had to endure several surgeries to reconstruct his pulverized cheek. Many Anaheim fans felt Boogaard got off to light with a simple penalty, bring the issue of fighting in the NHL under more scrutiny.

Derek Boogaard has also come under fire for sponsoring the “Derek and Aaron Boogaard Fighting Camp” for children ages 12 to 18. Along with his pro hockey brother Aaron, Derek Boogaard uses the camp to allegedly teach children how not to get hurt in a fight. (I wonder if he would give tips to Todd Fedoruk…) Critics, however, view the camp as a way to encourage young players to be more aggressive than necessary.

If you’ve never witnessed a Derek Boogaard fight, maybe you’ve caught some of his actual hockey performance. As an enforcer, Boogaard really isn’t depended on achieving much as far as scoring or assists. During his 3 years with the Minnesota Wild, Boogaard has compiled 2 goals and 5 assists over all the seasons. Previous to the Wild, Boogaard played with the Houston Aeros from 2003-2005. His earlier hockey history had him on teams as diverse as the Louisiana IceGators, Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats, and Medicine Hat Tigers.

During the 2008-2009 season, Derek Boogaard had three assists and three points. He averaged about 5 minutes of ice time per game, too, though an injury kept him off the ice from time to time. That injury cramped his aggressive playing style, too, because he only had 87 penalty minutes—about half of what he had previously tallied in years past.

If you’d like to witness #24 in action, make sure to check out the upcoming Minnesota Wild season schedule. Boogaard is sure to see increasing playing time, especially when the Wild are paired against feisty teams and players. For instance, Boogaard had three hits in just 5:44 of ice time in the 2nd playoff game versus Colorado. He loves to pack in the punches even when his playing time is short. This Minnesota Wild seventh round pick (number 202 overall in 2001) seems to have found his niche on the team.



© 2017 HockeyTicketsMinnesota.com
Terms of Service

Tickets

Minnesota Wild Tickets Minnesota Wild Schedule Icon

Team Roster

Coaches Players Past Players
Left Fringe Graphic