Throughout hockey lore, they've been known as enforcers or goons — guys whose primary role in the game is to engage in fights or intimidate opposing players. Normally, those guys wind up in the penalty box a lot.
You don't see many of those types in the high school hockey ranks, but we might have found one last night in Aaron Driggs of Southlake.
Driggs and his teammates were playing against Highland Park in an AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League game. The Scots won 4-1, which might help to explain why Driggs racked up 48 penalty minutes in a 45-minute game.
If you're wondering how that's possible, here's a rundown of his malfeasance:
- At 6:30 of the first period, he received a two-minute minor penalty for hooking.
- At 10:05 of the first period, he received a two-minute minor for checking from behind, which included an additional 10-minute misconduct penalty.
- Skip to 11:24 of the third period, when he received a double-minor for roughing and head contact. He was given an additional 10-minute misconduct and ejected for the head contact, then another 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct.
- This led to another 10-minute misconduct penalty for receiving five penalties in a game, which by that point was fairly meaningless.
Not surprisingly, his performance vaulted Driggs to the top of the league leaders in penalty minutes.