David Frost (sports agent)

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David Frost
Born David James Frost
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Nationality Canadian
Other names Jim McCauley
Occupation NHL Players' Association agent
Known for Hockey Consultation

David James Frost, a.k.a. Jim McCauley, is a former junior ice hockey coach and NHL Players' Association sports agent, best known as the alleged target of a murder-for-hire plot by one of his clients, former St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton.

Frost currently operates a sports consulting service and travels across North Americia providing this service on a contract basis. Frost also wrote his hockey autobiography: hockey book titled "Frosty: The Good The Bad The Ugly Going Up The Ranks To The NHL".

He at one time worked in Laguna Niguel, California under the alias Jim McCauley working out at the Laguna Niguel Hockey Academy.[1]

On August 22, 2006 Frost was charged with 12 counts of sexual exploitation by the Ontario Provincial Police for crimes alleged during 1995–2001. The charges relate to his time as coach of the Quinte Hawks Junior hockey team and involve acts on three females between the ages of 16 to 18 yrs.[2] Frost was found not guilty on those charges on November 29, 2008 after the judge in the case found "some testimony by government witnesses was simply not believable and he feared some of it had been tainted by collusion".[3] Steve Simmons, writing in The Toronto Sun, criticized the poor performance by the Crown prosecutors, who neglected to call several witnesses who would have likely bolstered the case against Frost.[4]

"Brampton Boys" regime[edit]

Frost got his start as a coach with the Toronto Young Nationals, an PeeWee club where he coached, among others, Mike Jefferson (later Mike Danton), Sheldon Keefe, and Joe Goodenow (son of then NHLPA Head Bob Goodenow).[5] He was suspended from the Metro Toronto Hockey League following allegations he forged the signature of the club's general manager.[5] He then took his "Brampton Boys", a reference to the Toronto suburban city of Brampton, to the Quinte Hawks Metro Junior A Club in Deseronto. He was suspended from the Hawks after he pled guilty to a charge he assaulted (punched) a 21yr old Hawks player.[5]

Frost's proteges were drafted the following season by Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams; he was known to frequently attend Sarnia Sting games to monitor the progress of Jefferson, who would eventually be dealt to the Toronto St. Michael's Majors to play with Sheldon Keefe, Ryan Barnes and Shawn Cation, who rounded out the rest of Frost's "Brampton Boys". Frost, not officially associated with the team, created so many conflicts with the St. Mike's front office that all four of his "Brampton Boys" were traded to the Barrie Colts.[5]

The Brampton Boys tenure in Barrie, while productive on the ice, was accompanied by bizarre behavior, especially compared to the traditional deference shown by junior players. Ryan Barnes was suspended for 25 games for a stick-swinging incident, while Shawn Cation was suspended for 15 games for institgating a line brawl.[6] During the 2000 OHL playoffs, team captain Sheldon Keefe visiblyrefused to shake OHL commissioner David Branch's hand during the presentation of the J. Ross Robertson Cup. While playing at the 2000 Memorial Cup in Halifax, Frost's players led a walkout during a customary banquet [7] and refused to shake hands with CHL commissioner David Branch during ceremonial face-offs. The players would later refuse to stand for the national anthem.[8]

Jefferson would later taunt Rimouski Océanic forward and CHL Player of the Year winner Brad Richards, stating that he wouldn't last five games in the OHL. (As of the end of the 2013-14 NHL season, the four "Brampton Boys" had finished their NHL careers with a combined 204 games, scoring a combined 38 points, while Richards is still active with over 1000 NHL regular season and playoff games, scored nearly 1000 points, and has won a Stanley Cup.) The Colts reached the Memorial Cup championship game, where they were defeated 6-2 by the Oceanic. Jefferson refused to shake Richards' hand after he had been named tournament MVP. Jefferson, Keefe and head coach Bill Stewart also walked out of the Halifax Metro Centre without conducting any interviews.[9]

Frost vs the Jeffersons[edit]

David Frost first approached Danton's parents, Steve and Sue Jefferson, in 1991, successfully recruiting Mike for the Young Nationals.[5] The Jeffersons indicate that their son's recruiter, who later became his agent, wielded a growing influence over their son in the years that followed. As time passed, Frost's influence grew beyond the business of hockey.[citation needed]

Jefferson changed his name to Michael Sage Danton in 2002, a decision Frost said was made by the young player to separate himself from his family.[5] Danton subsequently claimed that the Jefferson family had abused Mike, that they lived in squalor and had abused drugs and alcohol.[10]

Though Danton made the National Hockey League (NHL), playing 87 games for the New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues, Frost retained almost complete control over the player. Frost required his permission for Danton to conduct interviews, and the player frequently asked Frost's opinion on many issues.[11] Following the 2003–04 NHL season, Danton was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after it was alleged he tried to hire a hit man to kill Frost.[5] Danton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 7½ years in prison, though he later alleged that it was his father he intended to kill, not Frost.[12] Danton's claims were disputed by the FBI and the alleged hitman, both of whom agreed that Frost was the target.[11]

Resignation[edit]

On 6 December 2005, the NHL Players' Association (NHLPA) announced that Frost has resigned as an NHL player agent. Frost no longer represented players and started a sports consulting company with his wife. Frost once worked with former Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis when he was an NHLPA agent.


2007[edit]

On March 23, 2007 Frost was also charged with fraud, impersonation and breach of probation for allegedly trying to purchase nearly $90 in gasoline by using a credit card registered to Mike Danton. He was acquitted of all charges on February 14, 2009; Danton informed the court that Frost had permission to use his credit cards.[13]

2008[edit]

While out on bail awaiting trial on sexual exploitation charges, Frost had his bail conditions amended to allow him to leave Canada. He had intended to attend the Phoenix Coyotes training camp to monitor the progress of a minor-league prospect. However, the Coyotes General Manager indicated that Frost would not be allowed to attend.[14] Since being acquitted on sexual exploitation charges in November, Frost has launched a website designed to unleash secret stories about the NHL, closely guarded playbooks and advice for young players trying to make the big league.[3] Subsequently, Frost's website shut down.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Hockey News, September 29, 2010: David Frost resurfaces as Jim McCauley at California hockey academy
  2. ^ "Ex-NHL agent David Frost arrested". CBC. August 22, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "I'm a hockey God: Dave Frost". Calgary Herald. November 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ The Toronto Sun, November 29, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Timeline:Mike Danton". The Fifth Estate. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  6. ^ Sapurji: Barrie Colts -- my decade's most memorable
  7. ^ Bill Stewart Story
  8. ^ Further Adventures of the Hamburg Freezers — Wild Bill Stewart
  9. ^ "Hockey on trial as coach appeals suspension for throwing game". CBC Sports. November 10, 2000. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  10. ^ "Danton insists father was murder target". Rogers Sportsnet. 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  11. ^ a b Friedman, Elliotte (2009-11-11). "Past dealings with Mike Danton". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Ex-NHLer Danton, convicted in plot to murder father, not Frost, gets full parole". Canadian Press. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  13. ^ Frost Acquitted of Impersonating Player National Post, February 14, 2009
  14. ^ "Coyotes warn David Frost". Sportsnet. September 5, 2008.