Going home: Minneapolis-born Zach Parise, who signed with the Minnesota Wild earlier this month, throws the first pitch before the Twins’ game against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field in Minnesota. We’re sure he and noted hockey fan Justin Morneau had a lovely chat. Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
Minnesota Wild centre Mikko Koivu hands officer Joe Reginek of the St. Paul Police SWAT team a puck for a ceremonial puck drop after Reginek rappelled to the ice from the rafters of the Xcel Arena before the start of the Wild’s NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in St. Paul, Minnesota. REUTERS/Eric Miller
Linesman Darren Gibbs (C) tries to break up a scuffle between Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart (L), Jim Slater (behind Gibbs) and Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Kassian (R) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in St. Paul. Winnipeg won 4-3 in the shootout. (Photo: REUTERS/Eric Miller)
You should see the other guy Calgary Flames’ Tim Jackman is covered in blood after fighting Minnesota Wild’s Brad Staubitz (not seen) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta on Tuesday. REUTERS/Todd Korol
Post-mortem analysis of Boogaard’s brain revealed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease associated with blunt force trauma to the head.
So, is hockey at fault? Did what they did on the ice have anything to do with the way they died? Maybe. More likely, we will never know for sure. But we are left with their ghosts, to haunt us, and to make us think about fighting’s place in the game. (Photo: Wayne Cuddington/Postmedia News)
Should I stay or should I go? While you wonder what exactly Carlton the Bear is doing at a game between the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson is pondering who to take out of the lineup with Clarke MacArthur and Tim Connolly set to return. Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images