Senior winger Aaron Volpatti led Brown Bears in goals this season, but don’t let the numbers mislead you: Volpatti is a brawler, no doubt about it.
That’s why he took special pride in breaking the school’s single-season penalty record with 14 minutes in his final collegiate game.
The sure-fire pro — he’s had numerous bites already, and will likely be practicing in a new jersey next week — is in the top five in numerous Brown penalty categories, but he cemented his spot at the top with a 10-minute misconduct late in the third period of Saturday’s consolation game.
Volpatti’s second minor of the game boosted him to 105 on the year — but didn’t lift him past anybody on the leader board. That’s when he decided to go the extra mile.
â€œBefore the game, I was informed that I needed [a few] penalty minutes for the single-season record, so I saw (referee) Chip (McDonald) before the game, and I said, ‘Chip, don’t be afraid, ya know â€¦ ‘ and he said, ‘well I’ll give you a 10 at the end of the game, or something.’
â€œI try not to get too many misconducts, but I got that penalty, and I said to Chip, ‘is that a 10?’ And he said, ‘do you want a 10?’
â€œI can’t really repeat what was said, but â€¦ yeah.â€
The contrived chatter put him at 115, seven minutes past Ryan Mulhern, class of ’96. There are many, many more sin-bin visits ahead for Volpatti, but for just a moment, a player was happy to be skating in the consolation game instead of the championship. The misconduct probably wouldn’t have sat as well with head coach Brendan Whittet otherwise.
â€œThe guys that were ahead of him were guys that I played with,â€ said coach and Brown alumnus Whittet. â€œWe had some real knuckleheads back then. I’m glad [Volpatti] is the king of the knuckleheads.â€