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Column: Boogaard a sad example for hockey goons

Updated: May 14, 2013, 3:15 AM ET
Associated Press

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By TIM DAHLBERG

AP Sports Columnist

The lawsuit doesn't read nearly as well as the story, which laid bare the life of an NHL enforcer for all to see. The way John Branch wrote about Derek Boogaard in the New York Times should have been enough to cause even the most hardcore hockey fan to reconsider the peculiar role that goons play in the sport.

It was a sad and troubling tale of a kid growing up in Canada, raised to do just one thing -- fight on ...

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