NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Rangers are handing out two annual hockey camp scholarships to military children in memory of deceased forward Derek Boogaard.
The Rangers said Wednesday that two 8-year old boys from New York, who have family members in the military, will attend the weeklong Rangers Summer Youth Hockey Camp this month at the Madison Square Garden Training Center.
“A really giving, first-class organization,” said Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky. “It speaks volumes for the Rangers and MSG how amazing they are with charity … It rubs off on the rest of us to be more giving.”
They were chosen from the Defending the Blue Line program, created by soldiers to make hockey accessible to military children. Boogaard donated four tickets to every Rangers home game last season to military families. He dubbed the group “Boogaard’s Boogaardians.”
The 28-year-old enforcer was found dead on May 13 at home in Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Boogaard’s death was accidental, caused by a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful pain killer oxycodone.
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