Joe Grimaldi has made a career out of spending time in the penalty box. The New York native bounced around the ECHL, CHL, and AHL for four seasons – posting 612 PIMs in 206 professional games – before heading over to Europe to try to keep his hockey career going.
Last season, he joined the EIHL’s Nottingham Panthers, where he racked up a whopping 83 penalty minutes in six games and also picked up a four game suspension before being released. (Somehow, he also managed two goals and six assists in those games.)
On Saturday, Grimaldi – then playing with the Edinburgh Capitals – returned to face his old team. It was an eventful match. Watch as Grimaldi goes after Nottingham’s Max Parent, first spearing him in the midsection then throwing his helmet at Parent. Grimaldi ended up with 67 penalty minutes and was deservedly ejected from the game.
The referee for the game was Stefan Hogarth. Lee Young and Danny Beresford worked the lines.
Grimaldi’s now-former team released a brief statement: “The Edinburgh Capitals have released Joe Grimaldi from his contract. The club wish Joe well on his future career.”
After that display. something tells us there won’t be much of one…