(NEW YORK) -- New York Rangers player Derek Boogaard was found dead inside his Minneapolis apartment on Friday.
Boogaard, 28, was found dead by his two brothers shortly after 6 p.m., officials say, however the cause of death was not immediately known and investigators say it may be some time before it is determined, according to a report by the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
Boogaard began his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild, where he played in 255 games from 2005 through 2010. He then joined the Rangers in July, 2010, and upon learning of his death, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather described Boogaard as being a kind and caring person.
“He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him,” Sather said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”
Rangers captain Chris Drury issued a statement on Saturday expressing his thoughts on losing a teammate.
“On behalf of all Derek's teammates, I would like to say that he was a great friend and a great teammate and that we are all going miss him dearly,” Drury said. “This is a tragic loss for the hockey community. All of our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
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