Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Derek Boogaard memorial tonight at Xcel Energy Center; Public invited

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: May 15, 2011 - 4:17 PM

Thanks to a couple Wild fans on Facebook, there will be a public memorial tonight to honor Derek Boogaard at Xcel Energy Center. The event will take place at Gate 1 and is scheduled to go from 6-9 p.m.

Here is a link

Boogaard's family -- parents Len and Joanne, brothers Aaron and Ryan, sister Krysten and half-brother Curtis, was so touched, they will be attending, although they're asking for privacy.

"When we heard about it, we all immediately wanted to go," said Ryan.

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