Canadian professional hockey player, Derek Boogaard’s parents have filed a nine point eight million dollar lawsuit against the late player, he had passed away last year and they have put fourth this suit against the NHL Player’s Association, claiming the organization had failed in taking proper steps to help them collect the balance on Derek’s NHL contract after he passed away.
The Twenty eight year old lost his life on may 13, 2012 from a fatal mixture of drugs and alcohol. The lawsuit is saying that he had been addicted to prescription pills at the time of his death … partly because he had been prescribed,
“a multitude of narcotics and sleeping pills by both the team doctors, physicians, trainers, and dentists of the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild.”
His parents do believe that the NHL teams are partly responsible for their son’s death, they turned to the NHL PA which promised to help them file a grievance to get the Rangers to pay out the rest of Derek’s multi-million dollar four year contract with the team. But they never filed the grievance by the required deadline, so the Boogaards were unable to collect.
Derek’s parents are demanding the NHL PA make things right by shelling out the $4.8 million PLUS $5 million in punitive damages.