Boesers mourn the loss of father Duke: ‘Family is more important than hockey’

On the day Brock Boeser’s National Hockey League career began in 2017, Duke Boeser was in the Vancouver Canucks’ dressing room to read the lineup card as his son tried not to cry in front of new teammates.

On the day Duke’s life ended, May 27, 2022, Brock was with him again.

Twelve years after the arrival of Parkinson’s Disease was just the initial attack by a relentless wave of challenges that would include a brain injury suffered in a car accident, cancer, a heart attack and dementia, Duke Boeser’s battle for life ended at home in Burnsville, Minn.

He was 61 years old. Brock is 25, still far too young to be losing his father.

Swamped by emotion after spending most of the 2021-22 season far from his dad, unable to help care for him or support in person his remarkable mother, Laurie, Brock managed only a few words when asked about Duke during the Canucks’ year-end media availability at Rogers Arena on May 1.

“He’s not doing well,” Boeser said. “He has pretty bad dementia right now. It’s onset and it has gotten pretty bad this year. And it’s really hit me hard.”

This was the heart-puncturing burden Brock carried with him through a difficult season.

He confided in a couple of reporters who closely cover the team that his dad’s deteriorating health was frequently on his mind. Of course, it would be. But he did not want to…

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