In 2004, former St. Louis Blues & New Jersey Devils player Mike Danton was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for trying to arrange a murder-for-hire plot. The intended target was Danton’s agent and former youth hockey coach David Frost, a not-so-pleasant person who would mentally & physically abuse players and force them into underage sex orgies. (Even better, Frost got away with it - the Canadian courts found him not guilty of the sex charges.)
(Danton [L]; Frost [R])
But ever since Danton was incarcerated in a Minnesota corrections facility, he’s been petitioning to be transferred to a prison in his native Canada. Over four years later, Mike was finally given his wish, and sent to Kingston Penitentiary in Ontario. And now that Danton is back under the wing of Canadian law, he’s now eligible for full parole.
ONLINE SPORTS GUYS has the news of Danton’s transfer and his one step closer to freedom. If Mike does gets sprung, he’s apparently seriously considering getting back to playing pro hockey. (And if he lands in the minor leagues, just think of all the potentially tasteless promotional nights that could be scheduled.)
And would Frost have to worry about Danton trying to finish the job? Probably not, based on these audio files from the CBC of phone calls between the two after Danton’s arrest. One transcript even shows both men ending their call by saying they love each other.
It also would appear that if you’re a sports figure out committing crimes, Canada seems the place to do it. Whether you’re Frost or Danton or Trevis Smith, the ex-CFLer who knowingly gave AIDS to two women, an escape from jailtime is always around the corner. How aboot that?