Boogaard, Laraque had mutual respect

Once bitter rivals on the ice, the two enforcers developed a friendship to the end

Updated: May 15, 2011, 3:21 AM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

They started out as bitter rivals on the ice, but in time, a surprising friendship bloomed between two of the toughest players in the NHL.

For former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque, the death of New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard on Friday night came as stunning news.

"He was a really committed guy and a really hard worker. People could say what they wanted about him and his talent but he was dedicated and had work ethic," Laraque said by phone Saturday. "We talked about ...

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