Skip to main content

Former NHL player Mike Danton will likely spend at least several months in Canadian custody even though his time in an American prison for a failed murder-for-hire plot has made him eligible for parole, correctional officials said Wednesday.

Danton, a native of Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty in November 2004 in a plot that allegedly targeted his former agent, David Frost, and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in a U.S. federal prison.

The American sentence translates to six years, two months and 14 days, said Holly Knowles, spokeswoman with Correctional Services Canada.

Story continues below advertisement

"Essentially, he's subject to Canadian law now, which means there can be changes in terms of the sentencing length," Knowles said. "According to our sentences, he has reached his (parole) eligibility date."

Danton had been petitioning for transfer to a Canadian prison since 2005 and was transferred to an assessment centre in the Kingston, Ont., area on March 19, the date he reached full parole eligibility.

Carol Sparling, a spokeswoman for the National Parole Board, said no dates have been set for a hearing but added a review was automatic given the almost 4 1/2 years Danton served in the U.S.

"When someone is past their full parole eligibility date, the board is required to conduct a hearing - the offender doesn't have to make an application," Sparling said.

Danton could possibly waive his right to parole.

In any event, correctional services would first make a "thorough assessment" of his case for presenting to the parole board.

Such an evaluation could include risk and psychological assessments as well as checking with the community Frost might hope to live in after his release to see what kind of housing or employment supports he might have.

Story continues below advertisement

"It does take time to prepare," Knowles said.

"I would definitely say a period of a few months is appropriate."

Danton's plea agreement in 2004 did not identify Frost, his former agent, as the intended victim and Frost has denied he was the target of the plot. But U.S. prosecutors said in open court that Frost was the man Danton wanted killed.

Frost was acquitted in November at a trial in Napanee, Ont., of the sexual exploitation of two of his young charges, who cannot be named, when he coached the junior A Quinte Hawks, a team that Danton once played for.

In February, he was acquitted in court in Kingston of fraudulently using Danton's credit card.

Danton spent parts of three seasons playing for the Blues and New Jersey Devils and reports said he was considering a return to professional hockey.

Story continues below advertisement

In 87 career NHL games, the 28-year old had nine goals, five assists and 182 penalty minutes.

He was the Devils' fifth round pick, 135th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry draft.



Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Please note that our commenting partner Civil Comments is closing down. As such we will be implementing a new commenting partner in the coming weeks. As of December 20th, 2017 we will be shutting down commenting on all article pages across our site while we do the maintenance and updates. We understand that commenting is important to our audience and hope to have a technical solution in place January 2018.

Discussion loading… ✨