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Man Arrested For Throwing Live Chicken Onto Ice During Hockey Game

March 7, 1988 GMT

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ An overwrought hockey fan was arrested after he tossed a live chicken in a purple uniform onto the ice during a game, police said.

″The chicken was the victim of fowl play,″ police Lt. Robert Westlake quipped Sunday.

Craig Rodenfels, 30, of El Segundo, was booked for investigation of malicious mischief and cruelty to animals Saturday night and released on his own recognizance Sunday, Westlake said.

The chicken hit the ice just before the end of the first period of the Los Angeles Kings’ game with the Montreal Canadiens.

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″Apparently he wasn’t happy with how the Kings were playing, which is understandable,″ Westlake said.

Lt. Jack Frazier said Rodenfels smuggled the bird into the Forum inside a sack. He said the man wasn’t arrested before the chicken hit the ice because ″there’s no violation for carrying a chicken around.″

The purple-uniformed Kings fell to the Canadiens 7-6 in overtime, their 39th loss of the season.

The bird, which suffered minor bruises, was being held by county animal control officers, Westlake said.

″The guy actually called us this morning and asked us to release his chicken to him,″ Westlake said Sunday. ″Of course, we declined because the bird is evidence.″