In 2011, Boogaard, 28, died in what was ruled to have been an accidental overdose of pain medications and alcohol. His parents filed the suit in 2013, contending that the NHL knew or should have known that their son was not complying with the prescribed treatment at a treatment facility.
Every athlete knows that the biggest threat to job security is the inability to take the field. Playing through some degree of pain is expected in every sport. Teams are generally the first stop for acquiring the medications to make that happen.