Ex-Rangers player attacks opponent during warmups in Swedish league

Sunday March 29th, 2015

Former NHL enforcer Andre Deveaux attacked an opponent during warmups before a game in Sweden Thursday. 

Video of the incident surfaced Sunday.

Deveaux's team, Rogle BK, was playing VIK Vasteras HK in a playoff game to determine which team would be promoted to Sweden's top division. Deveaux charged at Vasteras captain Per Helmersson from behind and slashed him in the knees before tackling him to the ground.

No penalty was issued, according to the box score. The incident occurred during the fourth game of the seven-game series, but the video did not surface until after the start of the decisive fifth game, according to Swedish media reports

"How bad was it?" Deveaux said, according to Viasat Hockey. "He played the game and he played today."

The attack was reportedly revenge for a hit Helmersson made on Deveaux in the previous game.

Deveaux, 31, played 31 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers between 2008 and 2011.

- Dan Gartland

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