St. Francis Xavier X-Men men’s hockey defenceman Aaron Hoyles of Gander was the most heavily-suspended player of the 15 penalized following a recent brawl in Atlantic intercollegiate hockey.
The Atlantic University Sport conference completed the first phase of a review process in the St. FX-Acadia Axemen third-period brawl Saturday in Wolfville, N.S., and Hoyles received five games (two games for leaving the bench during a fight, two games for being the third man into a fight and a game for picking up his second game misconduct this season).
Hoyles played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, three with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and one with the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He’s currently in his fourth year at St. FX.
Six players from Acadia, nine from St. FX and both head coaches received automatic suspensions ranging in length from two to five games—39 games in total.
Suspensions take effect immediately.
The X-Men head coach is Brad Peddle of St. John’s. Peddle is in his 14th season as St. FX men’s hockey coach. Acadia coach Darren Burns is married to former soccer player Lana North, who was recently inducted into the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame.