Ask Aidan McDonough about his budding hockey career, and his response is sure to include two particular people: his mom, Judy, and his dad, Barry.
Blessed by receiving his mother’s athletic genes and inspired to play the sport because of his father, McDonough, a 19-year-old left wing in his first season with the United States Hockey League’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, credits them for everything he’s accomplished in his life.
“They’re both my rocks, and I talk to them every day even though I’m out in Iowa,” said the Milton, Mass., native, who is second on Cedar Rapids in goals with 21 and fifth in points with 36 in 45 games this campaign. “My mom is the best mom in the world. She played volleyball at Providence College and is the athlete in the family. I don’t know if my dad would like me saying it, but I got my athletic ability from her.”
McDonough, 6-3, 190 pounds, adds that he got his large frame from Judy, too.