October 28, 2014

BOY ON ICE: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
(note this is the fourth Tuesday of the month,
not our usual second Tuesday!)

Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Derek Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. We'll explore Boogaard's unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan, so big his skates would routinely break beneath his feet; to his teenaged junior hockey days, when one brutal outburst of violence brought Boogaard to the attention of professional scouts; to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers, capable of delivering career-ending punches and intimidating entire teams. But behind the scenes Boogaard's injuries and concussions were mounting and his mental state was deteriorating, culminating in his early death from an overdose of alcohol and painkillers.

Boogaard's story raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports—from peewees to professionals—and the damage that reaches far beyond the game and does so more quickly and at younger ages than has ever been suspected. We'll discuss the current science and technology being used to diagnose and detect these injuries and what that may mean to the future of these sports.

Speakers:
John Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports reporter for The New York Times
Dr. Joel Kramer, Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology and Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology Program, UC San Francisco
Dr. David Camarillo, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Moderator, Katie Baker, Grantland

Learn More about the Bay Area Science Festival

Created by the Bay Area’s scientific, cultural, and educational institutions, the 4th annual Bay Area Science Festival returns with a 10-day festival from October 23rd – November 1st 2014.