KENNEWICK, Wash - Aaron Boogaard is a little like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Around town or during practice, he's just a big goofball with a huge smile on his face as he horses around with his teammates. Once he's on the ice, be prepared for fists to fly. As one of the oldest, and biggest (he stands at 6'3, 244 pounds!), members of the Tri-City Americans, "Boogie" as he's known to his team, has earned the reputation of the "older brother enforcer." When asked what sparks him to throw down his gloves and let his fists fly, Boogie replies, "Nothing sparks me really, except if the other team is messing with my guys. If our team is getting pushed around I take care of it."
It seems like a trait that runs in the family! Aaron's older brother Derek plays for the Minnesota Wild. He stands at a whopping 6'7, 277 pounds, and carries the same reputation as Aaron. Aaron said, "My mom doesn't like it too much. My dad is a bit of a scrapper though. Mom has gotten used to it, after living with Derek and then me."
Aaron's "big brother" attitude also comes with a few more perks for his younger teammates. He told us his secret punching combination: "Left jab to a right hook. It gets everybody!"