Funeral held for Rangers' Boogaard in Saskatchewan

May 21, 2011 - 1:28 PM

REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) — Family, friends and hockey players filed into a chapel in Canada to remember New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard.

The 28-year-old player was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment May 13. A medical examiner said he ingested a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful pain killer oxycodone.

Hundreds attended the private funeral in Regina for the Saskatchewan-born Boogaard.

Rangers scout Doug Risebrough said competitors on the ice steered clear of the player known as "The Boogeyman," one of the league's most feared fighters. But Risebrough said people liked being around Boogaard off the ice because of his love of life.

Boogaard appeared in 22 games last season with the Rangers. His death came five months after he sustained a season-ending concussion.