Derek Boogaard was diagnosed with CTE by Boston University researchers at the school's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.
The disease has been diagnosed in the brains of more than 20 former football players, but can be diagnosed only after an individual dies.
The researchers who examined Boogaard’s brain said the case was particularly
sobering because Boogaard was only 28 at the time of his death.
“To see this amount? That’s a ‘wow’ moment,” said Ann McKee, a neuropathologist and a co-director of the center.
CTE has been found in the brains of all four former NHL'ers examined at Boston University- Bob Probert, Reggie Fleming, and Rick Martin.
Here's a story KARE-11's Eric Perkins gathered so others could remember Boogaard just after his passing...
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