Boko Imama spears Dennis Hildeby and all hell breaks loose.

Boko Imama spears Dennis Hildeby and all hell breaks loose.

Boko Imama sets off a chain reaction after he takes liberties with Maple Leafs goaltender Dennis Hildeby.

Jonathan Larivee

Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltender Dennis Hildeby's time with the main roster may have been uneventful, but the young netminder didn't have to wait long to find some action upon his return to the American Hockey League.

On Friday night, through no fault of his own, Hildeby found himself involved in an altercation with Ottawa Senators enforcer Boko Imama. Imama, who was playing for the Belleville Senators at the time, decided that he was going to take liberties with Hildeby and did so after the final buzzer for the second period had already come and gone.

As the players were exciting the ice, Imama would deliver a relatively mild spear to Hildeby as the goaltender was trying to make his way off. The blow was enough to spin Hildeby around and it quickly caught the attention of NHL veteran Kyle Clifford, who immediately dove onto Imama in search of some retaliation.

As the period was over all the players had filed out onto the ice and all hell broke loose as the officials did their best to maintain control of the situation with Imama and Clifford trying to tear one another apart down on the ice. 

While the Maple Leafs main roster has been criticized this season for being too easy to push around, it seems Clifford is determined to ensure that the same won't be said of the Toronto Marlies.