Imagine playing 32 games in the ECHL in the early 90’s and racking up 293 penalty minutes. Or how about two seasons later, playing 28 games and earning 237 penalty minutes. Even better, what about back-to-back seasons where you played a combined 40 games, and somehow you accumulated 318 PIM. Such was a snapshot of the pro career of Ron Aubrey. From 1987 to 1999 Aubrey made a career out of being a tough guy — the I’ll-beat-you-senseless variety. This guy had a Thor-hammer fist, a temper that boiled constantly and a love for mixin’ it up. Ironically (or not), he only played 30+ games once during a single season — circa 1991-1992 with the Toledo Storm of the ECHL. He was the player that everyone feared. He was also the one that everyone wanted on their team. My how I miss 90’s minor league hockey.
Living in a CHL hockey town during the 90’s, I knew of Ron Aubrey. He played a total of 24 games as an Oklahoma City Blazer, and he was nothing short of entertaining to watch. For it was a day and a time and a place where goonery was still welcomed. Where guys could make a semi-living swinging their fists with razor blades on their feet. And as I think of some of those CHL brawls, I can’t help but envision the face of Sir Aubrey, punisher of the Midwest.