Former NHL players arrested following incident at Jack In The Box

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Unless you're truly a hardcore hockey fan the names Jean-Francois Jomphe and Richard Costello probably don't really register with you. And you're forgiven if they don't.

But the two former NHLers still found themselves in the news recently for an altercation involving them, some kids in a Volkswagen Jetta, and a Laguna Beach Jack In The Box drive-through window.

Not surprisingly, alchohol may have been involved.

Jomphe was arrested on Dec. 21 on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and vandalism while Costello was taken on suspicion of assault, via the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.

The details of the incident.

"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.

The incident reportedly occurred when a cab in which Jomphe and Costello were riding pulled into the Jack In the Box drive-through line, cutting off a VW Jetta 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."

Glass shards 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.

Of the two Jomphe had the longest NHL career, spending parts of four seasons in the league with Anaheim, Phoenix, and Montreal. In 111 games he scored 10 goals to go with 29 assists.

Costello was a second-round pick by the Philadelphia Flyers back in 1981 and appeared in just 12 NHL games, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers traded him to Toronto in 1982, before he ever appeared in an NHL game, for Darryl Sittler.

He scored two goals in his NHL career and then bounced around the American Hockey League and various European leagues to finish his playing career.

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