Boogaard possessed the dangerous combination of heavy punching power and a reach advantage over any opponent. "The Boogeyman" was an intimidating force on the ice and excelled at the aspect of the game which he was paid to take part in.
What is often lost in the misinformed image of a mere "goon" is that Mr. Boogaard was a kind, respected individual off the ice. Known to care about and love his fans, he would stay later than required to sign each and every autograph asked of him, among other things.
Absolutely nothing but amiable comments have been made about Boogaard throughout his career. He was respected by every player that ever skated onto the ice with or against him.