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Two former NHLers arrested for fighting at Jack In The Box

Dec 27, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT


One way you never want to make a name for yourself is by getting arrested. For two former NHL players, they didn’t follow that logic.

The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot reports that former Ducks forward Jean-Francois Jomphe and former Maple Leafs forward Rich Costello were arrested on suspicion of assault after getting in an altercation with a car full of area youth at a Jack In The Box restaurant.

According to the story, Jomphe and Costello cut in line at the drive-thru ahead of the car full of kids. This might come as a surprise, but alcohol is believed to have played a factor in the incident. But what set them off? A little “sign language miscommunication” if you will.

“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,” Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz said. “Costello went to restrain him, but he’s pretty upset and shatters the back window.”

Hey, when you want a sourdough cheesesteak melt, you just have to cut in line and reportedly punch and kick strangers to get it.

In case you don’t remember, Jomphe played four seasons in the NHL with Anaheim, Phoenix, and Montreal. Costello was a second-round pick of the Leafs back in 1981 and played just 12 career games with Toronto. Now they’ll be renowned as the guys who got in a fight in a fast food drive-thru.

(Photo: Coastline Pilot)

  1. shotzongoal - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Maybe we should let these two know where Fehr and Bettman are having lunch!

    • handsofsweed - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Hell yeah, boy! We’ll buy ’em a 12er of PBR and a quart of shine first. Lockout. OVER!

  2. jcioffi1485 - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    police making the arrest gave both 5 minutes for fighting.and a game misconduct.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      In the next day or two Brendan Shanahan will use video explanation on why game misconducts were sufficient punishment.

  3. spicyjimbolaya - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Out of curiosity, what exactly is the “Hey, what’s up” hand gesture in Laguna Beach, CA? I’m trying to picture this scenario.

  4. kiopta1 - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Ah the Ol’ Jack in the Box Fight Club.

    • handsofsweed - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      First rule….

  5. ksctychiefs - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    ‘nhl’ and ‘fighting’………all in one sentence……..didn’t see that one coming!!……

  6. blomfeld - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    A bad case of Mongolitis ?

    Notwithstanding the fact that Laguna Beach is a pansy neighborhood, theses two idiots are very fortunate that they didn’t get showered with lead. Nobody with half a brain goes around anywhere in LA or even Orange county pulling stunts like that, unless of course they’ve got a death wish. But I take it that they’re both Canadians, which basically explains all we need to know. The bottom line is that they’re very fortunate.

    • jtrain1966 - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      Well, that says something about how tough people are in Laguna Beach, or Orange County, CA. The only reason you would need a gun is because, you can’t do it with your hands, or feet !

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Yet again, Arby’s must wait to have it’s first fist-fight.

  8. mountainmantride - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    And yes my friends, THIS IS hockey today. A f^&king bar fight at Jack-in-the-Box. OMG this hockey crap is just so damn funny, you people crack me up. To hell with the actual games, let’s just keep hockey what has become a freakin’ laughing stock of the sports world…that way we can all have big laughs while pretend there’s a “sport” called hockey. Unbelieveable that THIS story IS IN FACT news in the hockey world. My gut is killing me from laughing.

    • handsofsweed - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Yeah, your piss-poor, condescending attitude is a window into your life. We can all see how lonely and bitter you are. We get it, jagoff. Life hasn’t treated you the way you believed it should, so you spread your misery wherever/whenever you can.

      Now go ahead and reply and claim to be a teacher/football coach, investment banker, police officer or a lawyer and that you’re wealthier, better looking, happier and have a sexier wife or gf than the rest of us.


    • jtrain1966 - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      And what is your sport : BADMINTON ?

  9. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM


  10. ktboston - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Best NHL story I’ve heard in a while!!

  11. soj83 - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    so what confuses me is that they were in a cab…what cab driver would cut off another in a drive thru?

    • ballistictrajectory - Dec 28, 2012 at 6:22 AM

      Might have had the cabbie in a headlock, trying to pull his shirt over his head.

  12. nyrnashty - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Lots of funny comments here, I like it! Thanks for making me laugh boys.

  13. doubles22 - Dec 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Somewhere, “Super-Drunk” Tinky-Winky Guy has gotta be proud of these two.

  14. csilojohnson - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM


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