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Friday, December 28, 2012

Go On, Episode 7

Retired hockey players Jean Francois "J.F." Jomphe of the Anaheim Ducks and Richard Anthony Costello of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers were outside the Laguna Beach Jack In the Box restaurant where a scuffle broke out early last Friday, Dec. 21.

Before 1 a.m., 39-year-old Aliso Viejo resident Jomphe and his pal of Dana Point, Costello, who is 10 years older, were riding in a cab that cut off a VW Jetta in the drive-through line. One of the young adults in the Jetta yelled out something that he punctuated with a certain finger.                 J.F. Jomphe                                 Rich Costello
That's when former center Jomphe is alleged to have done the equivalent of bouncing off the bench, jumping over the wall and starting a scrum. Laguna Beach Police say he went after the hand gesturer, smashing the Jetta's back window in the process. A shard is said to have injured a 20-year-old in the back seat. Costello, also a retired center, went to restrain Jomphe, but when a 44-year-old man police described as "good Samaritan" tried to explain the Jetta occupants were just kids and get the ex-hockey players back into their cab, Costello is accused of taking a swing at the guy and trying to kick him. He missed.
Police arrived in time to arrest Jomphe and Costello on suspicion of assault, book them into jail and kick them loose on their own recognizance pending a looming court date.
Jomphe played mostly for Anaheim during his four NHL seasons, which also included stops in Phoenix and Montreal. He spent many more seasons in the lower leagues and also played in Europe and with the Canadian National team. He was once married to the heiress of the Smith food store chain.
Costello was drafted by the Flyers in a cup-of-coffee-eh career that had him playing in 12 games from 1984 to 1986 with the Leafs. He was included in the Darryl Sittler trade.
These sort of things happen all the time. But when you have even a bit of celebrity status, it makes the news.  I guess these are the train wrecks we all go looking for. With New Year’s eve coming up, I wonder what I can find for my next episode of Go On.

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