LOS ANGELES - MARCH 16: Dallas Drake #10, Murray Baron #23 and Mike Sillinger #18 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate Drake's goal as Derek Armstrong #7 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on in the first period on March 16, 2004 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Former NHL player Jean-Francois Jomphe dropped the mitts in the 1990s with such players as Dallas Drake, Shane Doan and Brandon Convery.
On Thursday night in Laguna Beach, Cali., however, he tried got into a little scrap with a group of kids.
According to CoastLinePilot.com, Jomphe and fellow NHL alum Rich Costello were arrested around 1 a.m. after an alleged fight outside a Laguna Jack In the Box.
Jomphe, 39, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and vandalism. Costello, 49, was arrested on suspicion of assault, Laguna Beach Police Department Lt. Jason Kravetz said.
“It’s not uncommon in the early morning hours after the bars have closed that we have people going to get food who get in fights when alcohol is involved,” Kravetz said.
According to reports, Jomphe and Costello arrived to the fast-food eatery’s drive-thru line in a cab and cut off a car carrying a group of young adults.
“One of the kids [in the Jetta] did a hand gesture like, ‘Hey, what’s up’ and Jomphe got angry, got out of the cab and went to the guy,” Kravetz said. “Costello went to restrain him, but he’s pretty upset and shatters the back window.”
Things then got out of hand when a bystander tried to step in, according to the report:
“Glass shards from the broken reportedly cut the face of one a 20-year-old man in the back seat. The altercation escalated when a 44-year-old man tried to get Jomphe and Costello back into the cab because they’re ‘just kids’ in the Jetta.
“Costello allegedly threw a punch at the ‘good Samaritan’ but missed when the man ducked. Costello then tried to kick him.”
Jomphe played 111 career NHL games for the Ducks, Coyotes and Canadiens from 1995-1999 while Costello played in just 12 games for the Maple Leafs in the early 80s.
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