NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Rangers winger Derek Boogaard died on Friday, aged 28, the team said in a statement.
The Rangers did not provide any details about the Canadian's death but local media reported Boogaard was found dead in his apartment in Minneapolis.
"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," New York Rangers President Glen Sather said in a statement.
"He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him."
Boogaard began his NHL career with Minnesota in 2005-2006 and appeared in 255 career games in five seasons with the Wild.
He signed a four-year deal with the Rangers in July 2010 and appeared in 22 games, scoring one goal.
Editing by Peter Rutherford