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2011 NHL Entry Draft
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Emotional tribute to Boogaard at Draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 9:25 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / 2011 Entry Draft blog

The night started with an emotional tribute to Scouting Director EJ McGuire and now it is Derek Boogaard's turn to be remembered.

The New York Rangers, selecting at 15, honored Boogaard, a former Wild player, during their pre-pick speech and then allowed Boogaard's older brother, Aaron, to make the pick. But, before Aaron could announce the pick, he was drowned out by a standing ovation from the crowd, team officails on the draft floor and media in the risers.

There were very few dry eyes in The Xcel Energy Center in what proved to be a touching tribute.

Then, it was down to business and Aaron Boogaard announced the Rangers had selected J.T. Miller, a center from the US National team. He is the highest drafted Pittsburgh native, stripping that honor from RJ Umberger.