Shock and disbelief.
Two of the reactions by former Tri-City Americans teammates of Aaron Boogaard, who was arrested Wednesday in connection with brother Derek Boogaard's death May 13 in Minneapolis.
Prosecutors in Hennepin County say Aaron Boogaard gave his brother the oxycodone pills, which when combined with large amounts of alcohol, led to Derek Boogaard's death.
Aaron Boogaard, 24, was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, a felony, and interference with the scene of a death, a gross misdemeanor. Boogaard posted bond Friday.
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"That is devastating for the family," said former Tri-City defenseman Logan Stephenson, 25, who played three years with Boogaard. "That just breaks my heart. Aaron wholeheartedly loved his brother. Anyone who knew them, knew that. Just to have his name mentioned in a cause for that, I can't even believe it. I won't believe it."
Jarrett Toll, 22, who played two years with Boogaard, heard the news Friday afternoon.
"It's a huge shock," Toll said. "He was a fighter in the Dub, and if you knew him off the ice, you would be shocked to hear something like this. He was team first. I think with any fighter, that is the case. He was always there for us.
"You just have to hope for the best for him and his family and hope they can get out on top of this. My thoughts are with him and his family."
Toll said he reached out to Aaron when Derek died.
"I posted on his Facebook wall," Toll said. "I felt for him. I didn't want to invade too much."
Aaron Boogaard came to Tri-City in a trade with the Calgary Hitmen during the 2003-04 season and played the better part of four seasons for the Americans (2003-07), scoring 23 goals with 29 assists and 513 penalty minutes.
This past season, he played 53 games for the Laredo Bucks of the CHL, scoring two goals with 172 penalty minutes, including 20 fights.
Fellow enforcer Riley Emmerson, 25, played two seasons (2004-06) in Tri-City with Aaron Boogaard, and went to the Minnesota Wild camp three times, where he was able to get pointers from then-Minnesota tough guy Derek Boogaard.
"I just think this is a misunderstanding," said Emmerson, who spent most of last season with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). "The cops are just doing their job. I hope everything gets worked out for Aaron. He's a great guy."
Emmerson, a seventh-round NHL draft pick of the Wild in 2005, shared many minutes in the penalty box with Aaron Boogaard during their time with the Americans.
"They are absolutely amazing guys," Emmerson said of the Boogaard brothers. "When I went to the Minnesota camp, Derek was the first guy to congratulate me on signing. Derek was one of the nicest guys to me. I asked him for advice, and he stayed out there and worked with me. I looked up to him. I still do. It was great of him to lend me a hand. I was really upset when he passed.
"When I left Tri-City, Aaron and I stayed in touch. He's a great guy. I think him getting arrested doesn't reflect his character."