NEW YORK --
Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding the passing of New York Rangers
forward Derek Boogaard
"The news that we have lost someone so young and so strong leaves everyone in the National Hockey League stunned and saddened. The NHL family sends its deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Derek Boogaard
, to those who played and worked with him and to everyone who enjoyed watching him compete."