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Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby cprice12 » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:50 pm

Get this...

Parole to enroll: Mike Danton making college hockey comeback
By Greg Wyshynski
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Parole-to-enroll-Mike-Danton-making-college-hoc;_ylt=ApKsJ6BL9FcDNcvafeIwDe17vLYF?urn=nhl,212947

What would be more jarring for a college hockey player: Seeing a 29-year-old former NHL player lining up on his wing, or seeing one that served five years after pleading guilty in a failed murder-for-hire plot before being paroled?

Or, in the case of former St. Louis Blues forward and current parolee Mike Danton, both. Perhaps you've heard of his case.

According to the Chronicle Herald, Danton is in the process of enrolling at Saint Mary's University in Halifax and "could suit up for the Huskies hockey team over the second half" of the CIS season

This comes after being released from prison in September 2009 after serving five years for his part in a murder-for-hire plot that allegedly targeted his former agent David Frost (although Danton has said differently in repentant, sad exit interviews).

TSN quotes SMU Athletic Director Steve Sarty that a parole board blessing should arrive on Tuesday and that Danton's already taken "extension courses at Queen's University" and "correspondent courses at SMU while he was in prison," so he's technically a student anyway.

For any U.S. readers who might be confused, CIS regulations allow former professionals to play, with certain restrictions. Danton played only two seasons of pro hockey after turning 21, and he's obviously sat out a full 365 days, so he's good -- pending what the parole officials say, that is.

Huskies coach Trevor Stienburg was contacted by Danton about playing for his school, and met the eligibility requirements, according to the Herald:

Whatever happens, it's been a process with considerable soul-searching for Stienburg. "Initially I was very hesitant," Stienburg admitted about supporting Danton's desire. "But I was challenged by my players (to accept Danton) for all the right reasons."

A huge factor in Stienburg's support for Danton's request was discussions with his own father. Malcolm Stienburg, an ordained minister, is a former prison chaplain and a senior member of the national parole board. "Second chances," Stienburg said. "I grew up with them as part of my life. There's no question it's the right thing to do. He has paid the price for a mistake he's admitted was a huge mistake. He's already been punished for it."

While that's all very pious of the coach and his father, there's also no question that the Saint Mary's hockey Web site mentions nothing about being a halfway-house-on-skates for wayward former professionals who choose to become Canadian college athletes because they're out of options.

Sarty told TSN that it's all about forgiveness, and that "if we say no to Mike Danton, who are we going to say yes to?" We'll assume that he's asked enough boosters, students, parents and members of the community this question to know the answer before inviting Mike Danton onto his college hockey team.

Here's the transcript of Danton's interview with Sportsnet from last November. He deserves sympathy; it's up to the SMU community to determine how much their school should give him.
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby Winning Unlimited » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:14 pm

I would not let this guy on my team. I would rather have a team of good character players that are mediocre than a team of convicts that are contenders.
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby WaukeeBlues » Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:30 pm

Not only that but can the guy even play anymore? 5 years is not a negligible amount of time to be off the ice
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby abc789987 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:02 am

I think he should be given the chance to play. He paid his time and is regretful for his actions. I am a huge supportor of forgiveness, no matter how bad of a mistake someone has made.
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby goon attack » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:27 am

Dude did his time. Sign him LEERY!
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby Winning Unlimited » Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:44 am

abc789987 wrote:I think he should be given the chance to play. He paid his time and is regretful for his actions. I am a huge supportor of forgiveness, no matter how bad of a mistake someone has made.


Somewhere, there is a kid who didn't commit a crime, isn't older than 22, and isn't on that team. Danton is not the type of person that I would want my players to learn from or be around. Maybe he has rehabbed, but isn't deserving of a roster spot on a respectable team.
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby abc789987 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:00 pm

OPTIMEGUS wrote:
abc789987 wrote:I think he should be given the chance to play. He paid his time and is regretful for his actions. I am a huge supportor of forgiveness, no matter how bad of a mistake someone has made.


Somewhere, there is a kid who didn't commit a crime, isn't older than 22, and isn't on that team. Danton is not the type of person that I would want my players to learn from or be around. Maybe he has rehabbed, but isn't deserving of a roster spot on a respectable team.

If he is eligible to play on the team and he is good enough, he deserves a chance.
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby goon attack » Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:27 pm

So, a criminal record now eliminates you from playing college hockey? :?:
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby deadphish » Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:40 pm

goon attack wrote:Dude did his time. Sign him LEERY!

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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby -C- » Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:42 pm

Any truth to the rumor that his roommate is Billy Tibbetts? :wink:
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby xbleed83bluex » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:11 pm

If Bertuzzi and Heatley are allowed to play hockey, I see no reason why Danton shouldn't.
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby section319 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:14 am

Maybe I missed something, but what did Heatley do that was close to Danton or :bert: ?
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby abc789987 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:06 am

section319 wrote:Maybe I missed something, but what did Heatley do that was close to Danton or :bert: ?

Only think I can think of is that they all made mistakes and did their time.
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby philco_3 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:52 am

section319 wrote:Maybe I missed something, but what did Heatley do that was close to Danton or :bert: ?


Well if you want to look at it that way Heatley shouldnt be allowed to play at all, cause he actually killed someone. Where as Danton failed
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Re: Mike Danton to Play College Hockey

Postby section319 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:05 am

Oh yeah, nevermind, I knew about that. Didn't seem to cross my mind at the time :doh: .
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