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Ex-Ranger thrown out of Swedish hockey league for attack

In 31 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Rangers, Andre Deveaux serves 104 penalty minutes.Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images

In 31 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Rangers, Andre Deveaux serves 104 penalty minutes.

A former NHL goon was tossed out of a pro league in Sweden after he slashed an opposing player’s legs in an unprovoked attack during warmups.

Andre Deveaux, who spent over 100 minutes in the penalty box in just 31 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Rangers, was standing along the boards during warmups when he skated up behind Per Helmersson and hacked at the back of his legs before getting another high shot in on the player.

The incident happened last week, and not only was Deveaux allowed to play in that game, he played in a second contest for Rogle before his team — acting after video of Deveaux’s attack spread online — decided to can the centerman.

“We have talked to Andre today about the incident and jointly decided to go (our) separate ways,” team chairman Hakan Eriksson said in a statement. “His actions are indefensible.”

Deveaux, through the team, said that he’s “not a violent person” and let his emotions get the better of him.

“Although my reputation seems to precede me, I am not a violent person. My intent was never to cause any serious damage, Deveaux said, adding “(I) would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Vasteras, Per Helmersson and to all hockey fans after I lost my temper.”

While this latest incident is extreme, this type of behavior isn’t out of character for the 31-year-old. While playing for the Rangers in 2011, Deveaux was suspended three games without pay after elbowing Florida’s Tomas Fleischmann in the head. The play essentially ended Deveaux’s career — he never played in the NHL again after delivering that hit.

Helmersson apparently wasn’t hurt too badly by Deveaux, as he reportedly played in the game after being attacked. Nevertheless, Canada’s TSN reports that he is pressing charges against Deveaux.

On Tuesday, a Swedish prosecutor ordered his arrest.

“He is wanted on suspicion of assault,” prosecutor Margareta Danielsson-Olvon told The Local, a Swedish news outlet. “An investigation is ongoing. We don’t know where he is and have put out a warrant for his arrest.” 

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