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Aaron Boogaard faces charges in brother's death

Friday, 07.22.2011 / 2:43 PM / News


Minneapolis prosecutors have charged Aaron Boogaard, the brother of former New York Ranger Derek Boogaard with providing the prescription drug that contributed to Derek's Boogaard's overdose death in May.

A complaint filed Friday says Aaron, 24, gave his brother an Oxycodone pill the day of his death. Authorities said earlier that Derek, 28, died of a mix of alcohol and Oxycodone.

Aaron is charged with third-degree sale of a controlled substance, a felony. He's also charged with interfering with the scene of a death, a gross midemeanor, for allegedly trying to mislead or conceal evidence.

He remains in the Hennepin County jail pending a court appearance, possibly Monday. According to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Aaron, a Canadian national from Regina, Saskatchewan, for suspected immigration violations.

Aaron was arrested Wednesday in Minneapolis on suspicion of prescription fraud/possession of prescription pills. According to the Star Tribune, the police record listing the arrest says that the date of his alleged crime is May 13, the same day that family members found Derek dead in the Warehouse District apartment that the brothers shared.

The arrest resulted from the investigation into the death, said police Capt. Amelia Huffman.

Derek Boogaard played in the NHL for six years, breaking in with Minnesota in 2005. In 2010, he signed a four-year contract with the New York Rangers, but played just 22 games last season because of shoulder issues and a concussion.

In his career, Derek Boogaard played 277 NHL games, scoring 3 goals and 16 points. He also racked up 589 penalty minutes in his career.

Aaron Boogaard, a 2004 draft choice of the Wild, has  yet to make the NHL. Last season, Aaron Boogard played for the Laredo Bucks in the Central Hockey League.

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— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery