Big night for Bogosian brothers

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:23 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Zach Bogosian had a little surprise for one of his big brothers.

Before the Winnipeg Jets defenceman took to the ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday at MTS Centre, he decided to fly in his father Ike for the game.

Not only was it Zach’s first game with the Jets, it was Aaron’s first NHL pre-season game and the brothers were facing each other for the first time.

“We played on the same team in high school,” said Zach, a 21-year-old from Massena, N.Y. “That was cool, I was a ninth and tenth grader and he was a junior and senior. We went to prep school together and it was good to have him around. I was away from home at 14 and that was good for me.

“Now we have a gym at my parents place and we train together there. It’s good that we push each other.”

Prior to the game, Zach provided a scouting report on Aaron.

“He’s a two-way forward and he likes to muck it up out there,” said Zach, who was drafted third overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. “He’s a tough guy, he’s always a pain to play against. He’s pretty quick, so you have to watch out for him on the ice.”

Zach wasn’t expecting to drop the gloves with Aaron — like Keith Primeau and brother Wayne once did.

“I don’t know, if it comes down to it maybe. It would be kind of funny,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s something my mom would like too much.”

Aaron, who is 6-feet tall and weighs 190 pounds, signed an American Hockey League deal with the Springfield Falcons this summer and is with the Blue Jackets on a tryout basis.

He finished last season with the Falcons after completing his four-year collegiate career with St. Lawrence University.

When the brothers saw the two teams were playing split-squad games on the same night, both were hopeful this day might come.

“It was something we marked on the calendar,” said Zach, who has a second older brother named Ike. “It will be fun to see him on the ice, no matter what he does.”

Although Zach is the younger brother, he already has three years of pro hockey under his belt while Aaron is a rookie.

That doesn’t mean big brother is leaning on him for advice.

“He used to beat on me when I was younger and stuff like that, just like all older brothers do to each other,” Zach said.

“He’s older than me, so I don’t have to give him too much advice. He’s a hard-working guy who gets the job done and has his priorities straight. He’s pretty mature for a 24-year-old.

“To see him come as far as he has and work as hard as he has is fun to see. I’m so proud of him.”


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