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Read the Boogaard family’s lawsuit against the NHL

Jul 29, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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Back in May, the family of deceased NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL.

As reported by the New York Times, the suit contended that the NHL was “responsible for the physical trauma and brain damage that Boogaard sustained during six seasons as one of the league’s top enforcers, and for the addiction to prescription painkillers that marked his final two years.”

Boogaard was 28 when he died on May 13, 2011. Reports indicated that he died from a toxic mixture of alcohol and oxycodone.

Via Travis Yost of Hockeybuzz and Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy, click here for the full lawsuit that was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.

Suffice to say, it contains some fairly serious allegations.

For example:

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And:

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What comes of the lawsuit remains to be seen. Obviously, the NHL will have something to say in its defense.

If anything, Boogaard’s story should raise awareness about the dangers of highly addictive prescription painkillers.

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