The family of former
Boogaard was found dead May 13, 2011, and was posthumously diagnosed with
"He was there protecting his teammates at all costs, but who was there to protect him?" Joanne Boogaard, Derek's mother, said in a statement release by her attorneys.
"Prior to and during Derek Boogaard's career, the NHL knew, or should have known, that the Enforcers/Fighters in the NHL had an increased risk of brain damage due to concussive and sub-concussive brain trauma and were particularly susceptible to addiction issues," the lawsuit reads.
Boogaard was an enforcer during his career, whose main job was to deter dirty play by the opposition and to protect his team's best players.
Boogaard scored only three goals in 277 regular-season games but took part in at least 66 on-ice fights.
According to the lawsuit, Boogaard received 1,021 prescriptions from NHL team physicians, dentists, trainers and staff while playing for the
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Press in an email Sunday night that the league had not received the lawsuit and generally does not comment on pending litigation. The suit was filed in Illinois in part because the NHL has a business interest in the state through the
Boogaard was under contract with the