12/05/2011 07:54 am ET

Derek Boogaard Death: Hockey Enforcer Role Allows NHL Player To Attain Dreams But With Highest Price

DEREK BOOGAARD was scared. He did not know whom he would fight, just that he must.

Opportunity and obligation had collided, the way they can in hockey.

His father bought a program the night before. Boogaard scanned the roster, checking heights and weights. He later recalled that he barely slept.

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