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'Had to be feisty, mean'

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Luke Richardson is hardly surprised Dino Ciccarelli said he'd swing his stick at him again like he did 22 years ago at Maple Leaf Gardens.

"Dino was that kind of competitor," said Richardson, the former Maple Leafs defenceman and now an Ottawa Senators assistant. "He was definitely a great player. He was kind of like Rich Tocchet, only not as big. He had to be feisty and mean to play the way he did and he was."

Ciccarelli was convicted of assault for the infamous incident and spent a day in jail. Richardson always found that laughable.

"The whole thing was blown out of proportion," Richardson said. "I think a crown attorney was at the game with his grandson and didn't like it. The next day at practice, an assistant coach called me over and the police asked if I wanted to press charges. I said, 'No way. I'll get him back the next time we play.' "

Richardson was later subpoenaed and forced to testify.

"I went in and saw Dino and his lawyer there and we both kind rolled out eyes," Richardson said. "We knew it was something that happened in hockey and should stay in the game. If it happened today, it would be a big suspension but I think a lot of things today are blown out of proportion. I'd like to see a little more battle in the game.

"Most times, hockey players will get together afterwards, laugh about it and share a beer."

It certainly didn't look good when Ciccarelli struck Richardson, but the big blueliner wasn't hurt on the play.

"The only thing hurt was my pride," Richardson said with a laugh, "because I was trying to get back at him."

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