January 13, 2010
ALOT OF HOCKEY TEAMS have goons. But, St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, just added a guy who spent time in prison for conspiracy to commit murder. We're talking about former NHL player Mike Danton, who played with the New Jersey Devils (2002-03) and St. Louis Blues (2003-04). The 29-year-old Danton served 5 years of a 7 1/2-year sentence for his role in an unsuccessful murder-for-hire scheme to kill his agent, David Frost. He was released in September of last year and decided to enroll in St. Mary's.
April 20, 2004 |
Alex Kovalev and the Montreal Canadiens salvaged their season and brought a shocking end to Boston's. Kovalev set up Richard Zednik's tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Canadiens capped a comeback unprecedented in their rich history, beating the host Bruins, 2-0, last night to win the first-round series in seven games. "When we lost the first game and were down 3-1 in the series, we never gave up," Kovalev said. For the second time in 3 years, the Bruins were upset by the Canadiens in the first round.
November 9, 2004 |
Former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton was sentenced yesterday to 7 1/2 years in prison for trying to have his agent killed. Danton, 24, said nothing as U.S. District Judge William Stiehl imposed the sentence in an East St. Louis, Ill., courtroom. "I do not believe in over 18 years on the bench I have been faced with a case as bizarre as this one," Stiehl said, noting that Danton chose a 19-year-old acquaintance and a police dispatcher as his would-be helpers in the murder plot.
May 4, 2004 |
Martin Gelinas rammed in a rebound 19:13 into overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 1-0 victory over visiting Detroit last night and eliminating the Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flames won the Western Conference semifinal series, 4-2, and will meet the winner of the Colorado-San Jose series in the next round. Detroit's Curtis Joseph, who made 43 saves, stopped shots by Jarome Iginla and then Craig Conroy, but Gelinas ripped the rebound of Conroy's shot into the open right corner.
April 23, 2004 |
Another playoff loss to Toronto cost Jacques Martin his job as Ottawa Senators coach. Martin was fired yesterday after coaching Ottawa for 8 1/2 seasons, making him the NHL's longest-serving coach at the time. "To be able to last that long and build, I think, a good relationship with a lot of the players, I've been a very fortunate individual," Martin said at a news conference. The Game 7 loss in the first round Tuesday marked the fourth time in five seasons the Senators have been ousted by the Maple Leafs.
July 1, 2004 |
Eric Lindros joined the free-agent market yesterday when the New York Rangers declined to pick up the $10.25 million option in the oft-injured center's contract. When the hockey shopping season opens today, the 31-year-old Lindros will be free to sign with any club. It is unlikely that Lindros will return to the Rangers, with whom he played the past three seasons after being traded by the Flyers. Clubs had until midnight last night to make qualifying offers to restricted free agents to keep their rights and prevent them from becoming unrestricted.
September 21, 2004 |
A young Missouri woman was acquitted yesterday of charges she helped former NHL player Mike Danton hire a hit man in a failed plot to kill his agent. The federal jury deliberated more than 3 hours before clearing 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer in the scheme, which unraveled in April when the man recruited for the hit notified authorities. Authorities said Danton and his agent, David Frost, had argued over Danton's alleged promiscuity and alcohol use. Danton, fearing Frost would tell the St. Louis Blues' front office about his behavior, decided to have Frost killed, authorities said.
May 15, 2004 |
A judge ordered St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton yesterday to stop all direct contact - at least temporarily - with the man he's accused of trying to have killed: his agent and confidant, David Frost. It was the first intervention by authorities into the relationship since Danton's arrest April 16 on murder-for-hire conspiracy charges. During the past 4 weeks, Frost has claimed he has spoken frequently with Danton. And he's continually denied the government's allegation that Danton wanted him killed.
May 26, 2004 |
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met with reporters last night before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals and said he might be calling the Flyers this morning. During a 45-minute session, Bettman was asked about a comment by Flyers general manager Bob Clarke on Monday. He said the Flyers would be penalized for having a high payroll and generating revenue by the anticipated collective-bargaining agreement. Tampa Bay has made the playoffs just three times in 12 years. Clarke said: "They should be a low-payroll club.
August 24, 2006 |
A former NHL agent who was the target of a murder-for-hire plot by one of his players was freed on $10,000 bail yesterday and proclaimed himself not guilty of charges that he sexually exploited a group of teenagers. "Innocent," David Frost said as he was led from the courthouse in Napanee, Ontario, and into his lawyer's car after a brief court appearance. Frost represented former St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton, who is serving a 7 1/2-year sentence in a New Jersey prison for his role in a $10,000 plot to kill Frost, also his Canadian youth hockey coach.