ECHL player tackles and fights goalie, creates absolute chaos (Video)

Remember Cal Heeter? The minor league journeyman goalie had a cup of coffee with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14, and is now playing for the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL.

Oh, but he’s a feisty one! In a game between the Walleye and the Fort Wayne Komets on Wednesday night, Heeter was frustrating his opponents en route to a 6-1 win. In the second period, Shawn Szydlowski of the Komets crashed his crease a little too fervently, so Heeter responded by slashing him with his goalie lumber.

Szydlowski didn’t take too kindly to this.

So he straight up tackled Heeter into his own net, and began assaulting him.

The Walleye were displeased with these actions, and acted accordingly, as Jean-Paul LaFontaine attempted to pull Szydlowski off of his goalie like Szydlowski was an alien face-hugger trying to shove its ovipositor into Cal Heeter.

Eventually the officials stepped in, Szydlowski got off Heeter … and then shoved his head to the ice again for good measure, causing the Komets to go after him again. Finally, a linesman put him in a bear hug and that was the end of that.

The sequence ended up with 20 minutes in penalties being handed out. Heeter got two for slashing. Szydlowski was given a double-minor for roughing and a misconduct for “continuing an altercation.”

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.


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