View Full Version : How different is the CIS from the NCAA?

01-28-2010, 08:50 AM
While the NCAA continues to keep Major Junior players out, last night a former NHLer, and convicted felon on parole, made his debut for the CIS's Saint Mary's Huskies, and scored.

You may remember the story of Mike Danton, the troubled young man who was playing for the St. Louis Blues six years ago when he put a hit on his degenerate "father figure", David Frost, apparently to protect himself, or so he thought at the time. It was huge news in Canada at the time. Well Danton (who changed his name from Mike Jefferson when he became estranged from his father after turning pro) has served his sentence and was let out on parole in November.

A couple of weeks ago there was a huge buzz in the AUS conference, when it was found out he had talked to a couple of schools and enrolled at Saint Mary's in Halifax, with the intention of also playing varsity hockey. Well the drive-by media in Toronto jumped on the story and showed their ignorance by pontificating that 29-year old Stanton shouldn't be playing with "18 year old kids". Well, as most of you know, almost every hockey player in the CIS is a former Junior A or Major Junior player, and start varsity hockey at 20 or 21 years of age. If they use their whole five years of eligibility, they will be 25 or 26 when they graduate. So 29 is not that big a deal ... except to some in Toronto.

Well the parole board eventually gave Danton permission to play hockey, and he played his first game last night, in an important battle for second place against Acadia. You can read the game story here: http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1164542.html

The "Danton circus" will be coming to Fredericton Friday night, so it will be interesting to see how much impact he makes for SMU against UNB. I watched the webcast last night, and Danton certainly played with a lot of energy and didn't look like a guy who hasn't played a game in six years.

I for one am happy to see Danton trying to turn his life around, and almost everyone in hockey circles here is supportive of him. we'll see if that warm feeling lasts if Danton scores a hat trick against UNB Friday night ...

I just think Frost should have been the guy who went to prison ...

01-28-2010, 10:54 AM
The NCAA allows felons to play also

01-28-2010, 10:59 AM
He's served his time and he got permission from everyone he needed to in order to play. So I have no problem with him playing. This is a positive thing for him, to be able to go to school, hopefully get a degree, and resume playing the game.

01-28-2010, 11:07 AM
The NCAA allows felons to play also

... but not any who played Major Junior, let alone pro hockey ...


The Toronto media, the centre-of-the-Canadian-universe types, had been playing up the former NHL part of Danton - "how can a NHL guy play with kids" when their words seemed to be more focused on some sort of holier-than-thou moral issues about Danton's past and his suitability to play university hockey. Really maddening, stone-age thinking stuff.

Luckily many or most of us outside of Toronto don't give a rat's behind about what their "hockey experts" and "hockey insiders" think ... after all, they all worship the ice the Leafs skate on ...

Puck Swami
01-28-2010, 11:11 AM
Once a convict has served his time in prison, his debt to society is theoretically paid and therefore, should be free to get on with his life.

That said, each coach, team and school has to decide for themselves what kind of person gets to wear their sweater and that is moral decision that comes into play that balances the needs of the team, player and school. It's a decision that needs to be thoughtful...