On May 13, 2011, New York Rangers’ enforcer Derek Boogaard died from a lethal dose of oxycodon and alcohol. With another NHL season approaching without the gentle giant around, the police and the DEA report that they have made arrests in connection with Boogaard’s death.
Jordan Hart, son of former New York Islanders Gary Hart, was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with Boogaard’s death. The NY DEA’s arrest links him with providing the prescription drugs that led to Boogaard’s death.
Also arrested was Oscar Johnson, a physician’s assistant, who is “accused of writing Percocet prescriptions for Jordan Hart on a near-monthly basis for 2 years, totaling 2,920 pills.” [Source: MyFox9.com]
These arrests come just three weeks before the release of New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize Winner John Branch’s book Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard
Branch offers additional insight on the arrests in his article for the New York Times.
Len Boogaard, Derek’s father, made a statement following the arrests:
“We miss Derek every minute of every day. Every effort to hold accountable those that contributed to my son’s addiction and death is commendable. My family and I appreciate the tireless and persistent work of the New York Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is our hope that their hard work will save other families from the heartbreak we endure.”
Read more from Len Boogaard and attorneys for the Derek Boogaard Estate HERE.