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“When we heard about it, we all immediately wanted to go,” Ryan Boogaard, Derek’s brother, told the Star Tribune.

A fan favorite with the Wild from 2005-10 before joining the Rangers last year, the 6-foot-8, 257-pound Boogaard totaled 16 points and 589 penalty minutes in his six NHL seasons. Fellow players have repeatedly voted him the league’s most intimidating player.

A funeral is planned for Saturday in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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AP National Writer Nancy Armour and Associated Press Writer Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this report.