Relatives and fans of New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard shed tears Sunday as they remembered the former NHL enforcer as a "teddy bear" who was as generous and kind as he was burly and tough, a somber end to a weekend during which his distraught family agreed to donate his brain to medical researchers.
The 28-year-old Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment Friday. Boogaard's agent and a spokeswoman for the Boston University School of Medicine confirmed Sunday that his brain will be examined.
"It's an amazing thing he did and his family did. Hopefully, that'll bring some information," agent Ron Salcer said.