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His teammates called him "soft spoken, kind hearted, and a gentle giant"; his opponents called six foot seven hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard "the Boogeyman," one of the most intimidating players in the history of the NFL. His reputation would survive him because this Saskatchewan native would die of the cumulative effects of multiple concussions and prescription painkiller overdoses before he was twenty-nine. This illustrated biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist John Branch touches on Boogaard's heart-wrenching personal story, but it also provides a sobering introduction to the epidemic of life-draining, brain-damaging concussions among hockey enforcers.