Derek Boogaard, was a scary ass dude, who’s role was as an enforcer in the NHL. He was bread to believe that the only way he would be able to make it into the NHL, was to beat the shit out of other players and make the other team never want to lay a finger on his teammates. As a spectator, these entertaining bare knuckle brawls are thrilling but, cause quite the toll, not only physically, but also mentally. The New York Times has an awesome article and 3 part video series following the tragic journey of Boogaard.
Here are the links to the videos (They don’t exist on the youtubes)
Worth the time.