A federal judge in Chicago dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Hockey League. The case was filed by Len and Joanne Boogaard, the parents of former professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who died of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers. Boogaard played for the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers over his six years in the league, suffering numerous serious injuries in his role as an enforcer and eventually developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Team doctors prescribed opioids to treat Boogaard’s pain and he overdosed in May 2011, aged 28. U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman dismissed the lawsuit, finding that the plaintiffs didn’t respond to the merits of the NHL’s argument that the league did not proximately cause his injuries, and failed to prove negligence.
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