Boogaard's family files lawsuit

September, 24, 2012
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The family of late Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard is suing the NHLPA for $9.8 million for allegedly failing to secure the remainder of the balance on their son's contract after he passed away, multiple sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

The 28-year-old Saskatchewan native was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment in May 2011 from an accidental drug overdose. His family is seeking the balance of $4.8 million plus an additional $5 million in punitive damages, according to the website.

The PA released this statement Friday:

"We are saddened to read reports that the parents of the late Derek Boogaard have filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA. We have not been served with or seen a copy of the complaint, but we are confident that there is no meritorious claim that can be made against the NHLPA in regard to Derek's tragic death. It is not appropriate to comment further at this time."
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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