The family of Derek Boogaard, a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who played for the Minnesota Wild, decided to donate his brain to Boston University researchers to study brain disease in athletes.
Boogaard, 28 years old, was found dead in his apartment on Friday. No foul play is suspected for his death.
The reason of his death is not disclosed. However, an autopsy was done on Saturday and the result will be available in few weeks.
The researching team at Boston University Medical School was formed to develop treatment and prevent brain trauma in athletes.
Boogaard signed with the New York Rangers for $6.5 million over four years.