In case you missed it last night, the Texas Stars (AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars) officially punched their ticket to the Calder Cup Final after defeating the Rockford IceHogs (AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks) 2-1 in Game 6 of their Conference Final series. The Stars will now take on the Toronto Marlies (AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) in the championship series slated to begin this upcoming weekend.
Immediate following last night’s game, which took place at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas, IceHogs forward Chris DiDimenico absolutely LOST HIS MIND and ended up lashing out against some celebrating Stars fans. DiDimenico, who scored to lone goal for the IceHogs, was sitting on the bench while the Stars celebrated and evidently he took exception with some of his opponent’s fans.
Check out this video taken by Stars fan Megan Harris:
hey @NHLBlackhawks can y’all trade him please.. he had a little girl in tears scared to death.
Holy moly… this guy is absolutely UNHINGED!
No official word or apology yet from DiDimenico or the IceHogs, but this has to be addressed, right? It’s one thing to mouth off or even gesture towards fans, but it’s entirely another to engage them in this manner. Unacceptable.
For what it’s worth, DiDimenico’s two year, $1.225 million contract with the Blackhawks organization is up this offseason and at 29 years old, he’ll become an unrestricted free-agent. Conflicting reports indicate that he may already have a deal in place with his former Swiss-A League team the Langnau Tigers for 2018-19.
The former Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick (164th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft) has managed just 27 NHL games over his eight year pro career, scoring six goals and 10 points. He played 13 playoff games with the IceHogs this season however and put up a remarkable seven goals and 18 points.
The journeyman winger has played for nine different teams since turning pro back in 2010, following a stellar junior career in the QMHJL with the Saint John Sea Dogs and Drummondville Voltigeurs. The 5’11”, 175 pound forward plays a scrappy game, but simply doesn’t have the size or the skill to play to his strengths at the NHL level. If this is indeed his final game in North American hockey, what an awful way to go out.