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Report: Ex-NHLers in drive-thru fight

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Former NHL player Jean-Francois Jomphe dropped the mitts plenty of times in the 1990s.

On Dec. 21 in Laguna Beach, Calif., however, he and another former NHL player reportedly got into a little scrap with a group of kids.

According to CoastLinePilot.com, Jomphe and Richard Costello were arrested around 1 a.m. after an alleged fight outside a Laguna Beach Jack in the Box.

Jomphe played for the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens from 1995-1999 while Costello played in just 12 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the early '80s.

According to the report, 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 told CoastLinePilot.com.

According to the report, 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.

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“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 told the news outlet. “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. A 20-year-old man in the back seat was reportedly cut by glass shards from the window. The situation reportedly only got worse when a 44-year-old man tried to get the former NHL players back in the cab.

Costello allegedly swung at the man and missed.

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