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I just want to say Derek you will be missed ,training camp will be here soon I will say a special prayer for you and I know your spirit will be there with the Rangers and all of your former teammates
Let me start off by saying my prayers are with your family in these tough times. Nothing will ever be the same since Dereks untimely passing. I have been a Boston fan since I was born but ever since Derek entered the leauge I loved him. I only wish I had the privilege of knowing him as close as his family and teammates did. I grew up playing hockey. I could skate before I could walk thanks to my dad. I ended up having a pretty good career in hockey too. Unfortunatly it was cut short do to concussions. Like Derek I was a "big guy" 6'5 255lbs. I started playing juniors when I was only 14 and even then i was over 6 feet tall and 200lbs. I know Derek knows what comes with being the biggest guy on the ice. Everyone wants to take a run at you and when they do they always go up high. I officialy had to hang up the skates when I was 19 it was the hardest thing I had to do. I had offers from Teams in the WHL and USHL but i was unable to persue them.

It takes a very special player and person to capture the hearts of millions like I know your son,brother,cousin has. From what I can gather Derek was one hell of a guy. From all the charity work he did, not because he had to or was asked to but because of the satisfaction it gave him to see the impact he had on his fans. Also all of the work he did for familes that had parents in the Military and the way he would stop to sign ever jersy or picture for all of his fans...

I will never be able to watch a Wild game again without getting a little choked up. We will all miss Derek, and what he has done for the communities that surrounded him.

God created Derek with that massive body just to so he could fit his massive heart in there...

RIP Boogy we all miss and love you.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
Our thoughts and prayers for the Boogaard family. Boogey thanks for the memories!!! God must have known your pain and had a better spot for you---Archangel Boogey?
We were very fortunate to get to know Derek when he and Sean were teammates and roommates with the Tigers. We always used to joke when he and Sean would enter a room as he would always walk behind Sean as if he was his personal body guard. That was the type of guy Derek was,he always had their back!!
After a game with the Tigers one night Sean's 2 yr old cousin refused to talk to Sean as he was afraid of him since he had been wearing a goalie mask during the game. Ironically Derek bent down and started talking to little Dylan, picked him up and we were able to get a pic of them. Derek truly was that teddy bear that everyone talked about off the ice and was loved by people of all ages.
We remember having the pleasure of watching him play in the Saddledome with the Wild and along with Kelly and Doris Sullivan getting together with him after the game. We were so proud of him and we told him so. He was so humbled by our comment.This was the Derek we knew and loved.
Joanne, Len and family our prayers go out to you. We can't imagine what you are going through and wish we lived closer so we could offer our condolensces in person. We hope your many beautiful memories of Derek will help keep him close to your heart. Know that Derek will be your guardian angel and your protector.
Derek you will be missed by many, and we feel fortunate that we got to know you when you were a Jr player. You worked so hard to get to the NHL and no player deserved it more than you. We love you,will miss you and will never forget you. Please watch over your family and comfort them as they are going through this very difficult time.
The Connors family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Derek, I loved watching you play in the NHL. Last summer I was hoping you would become an Oiler and feel that passion and support Oilers fan's have to offer.
I'm sorry how much the game took out of you. You will not be forgotten.
As I watched you play over the years I could tell you were not a mean person. To have to turn anger on and off, and to decide when to, coupled with the ability to dominate others is a great responsibility that I feel you fulfilled with an honor quite rare. 2 minutes for looking so good.
I am sorry for your loss. Derek will be missed.

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Derek with Sean's cousins after a Tigers game God Bless....
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