EIHL player attempts to leap into penalty box to punch opponent after getting ejected

Devin Didiomete of the EIHL’s Manchester Storm attempted to leap into the opposing penalty box to punch an opponent after getting kicked out of a Sunday game. Didiomete, a journeyman tough guy, played 196 AHL games and racked up 720 penalty minutes.

There has been some infamous penalty box moments in the NHL, such as Tie Domi’s altercation with a fan who fell in during a game in Philadelphia and Doug Gilmour’s door-slamming, glass-smashing show of frustration, but the EIHL — based out of the UK — had its own penalty box incident.

During a Sunday game between the Manchester Storm and Fife Flyers, a shoving match broke out involving Storm winger Devin Didiomete and Flyers winger Danny Stewart. Both were booked for roughing minors, but Didiomete also drew a match penalty and game misconduct for a cross check to Stewart’s head.

Incident over, right? Not quite. After Didiomete was escorted to the penalty box, he learned of his game misconduct for the cross check and lost his cool for a brief moment:

That’s Didiomete who’s seen being taken off the ice, but he passes right by the entrance to the Storm dressing room in order to exchange a few words with Stewart. Didiomete clearly doesn’t take kindly to Stewart’s glass-slamming gesture and immediately goes back to jawing with Stewart. Didiomete takes it one step further, though, and leaps onto the glass, leans into the penalty box and throws a wild right hand at Stewart’s head.

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The EIHL has yet to hand down discipline to Didiomete, but it’s likely the journeyman winger is going to be sitting for some time after his attempt to leap into the Flyers penalty box.

Didiomete, 27, has bounced around minor pro hockey for most of his adult career and has racked up big penalty minutes everywhere. Since finishing his OHL career with the Sarnia Sting, Didiomete has played for the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, Connecticut Whale, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Houston Aeros and Chicago Wolves. In 196 AHL games, Didiomete racked up 720 penalty minutes. He has also suited up for seven ECHL teams, as well as teams in Slovakia, Sweden and Italy. Didiomete was a seventh-round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2006.

(Video via Streamable/Manchester Storm)