Danton has been cleared to move to Halifax and attend university, although he will not join the hockey team right away.
The full audio is available — it was a brief 3 1/2-minute interview and some of the questions were elemental — but here are some highlights:
- Was this a difficult decision? "It was an easy decision to make as far as a human being standpoint ... Mike meets all the requirements to enter the university and we have no position to say no to anyone if they meet the requirements. He certainly is a person who's gifted with great hockey ability so he's going to have an opportunity to try out for the hockey club as well. Once we realized that the people at Saint Mary's University were behind this decision, it was a pretty easy decision to make."
Are there restrictions regarding David Frost? "He (Danton) no longer has a relationship in that manner, so he's coming here to get himself moving forward in the right direction, namely as a student and secondarily as a hockey player."
- How much eligibility does he have? "He has two years for sure to play hockey."
- Does he have to regain amateur status? "The way the eligibility works, for every year he plays pro it eats one year of eligibility and he then has to sit out an equivalent year, so he doesn't have to reclaim any status."
- What has the reaction been? "It's been largely positive. There certainly have been a few people who have seen the negative side of things. It's sort of what I thought it would be. Initial reactions from a lot of people have been very, very positive. Some people have initially been negative, but once they actually think about it — this person deserves a second shot, a second chance and why should we not as human beings be forgiving, believe in the justice system? He made his mistake. He's paid his price. He's now trying to move on. I'm proud of Saint Mary's University for having a role in Mike Danton's progress and I think ... I'm happy to look myself in the face and know we made the right decision."
- Are there any special restrictions on Danton? "From the university standpoint, he will be treated like a normal student-athlete."
Whether you like it might pale next the laws of this country. A rule no one with a criminal record can belong to a CIS team would be a legal sinkhole. On the experience question, Jared Aulin had actually played more NHL and AHL games (224) at the time he joined Calgary in 2007-08 than Danton has (161), although given the latter's circumstances, that may be kind of irrelevant.
Correctional officials clear Danton to move to Halifax (Glenn Macdonald, Halifax Chronicle-Herald)
Steve Sarty; Athletic Director from Saint Mary's With Bob McCown & John Shannon (FAN 590)