David Frost (sports agent)
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|Born||David James Frost
Toronto, Ontario Canada
|Other names||Jim McCauley|
|Occupation||NHL Players' Association agent|
|Known for||Hockey Consultation|
David James Frost, a.k.a. Jim McCauley, was a 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".
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. 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". 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.
"Brampton Boys" regime
Frost got his start as a coach with the Toronto Young Nationals, an PeeWee club where he coached, among others, Mike Jefferson (who later changed his name to Mike Danton), Sheldon Keefe, and Joe Goodenow (son of then NHLPA Head Bob Goodenow). He was suspended although no longer coaching in the Metro Toronto Hockey League following allegations he forged the signature of the club's general manager. He then took his "Brampton Boys", including Danton and Keefe to the Quinte Hawks, a Metro Junior A Club based out of Deseronto, Ontario. He was suspended from the Hawks after he pled guilty to a charge he assaulted (punched) a 21yr old Hawks player.
Despite being suspended by Quinte, his Brampton Boys were drafted the following season, by Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams; and Frost was known to frequently attend Sarnia Sting games to monitor the progress of Jefferson. As a result, Jefferson was dealt to the Toronto St. Michael's Majors (St. Mike's), where he was reunited with Sheldon Keefe, Ryan Barnes and Shawn Cation, who rounded out the rest of Frost's Brampton Boys. There were reports of conflict between Frost and the St. Mike's front office, and eventually all four of the Brampton Boys were traded to the Barrie Colts. The Brampton Boys tenure in Barrie was seen as being controversial, as the four players were considered a distraction in the locker room and showed many examples of bizarre behavior on and off the ice. Ryan Barnes was suspended for 25 games, for a stick-swinging incident, while Shawn Cation was suspended for 15 games for his part in starting a line brawl. A few other noteworthy incidents occurred during the 2000 OHL playoffs when team captain Sheldon Keefe intentionally refused to shake OHL commissioner David Branch's hand during the presentation of the J. Ross Robertson Cup. The erratic behavior of the Brampton Boys was again displayed during the 2000 Memorial Cup in Halifax, when the players led a walkout during a customary banquet and again refusing to shake hands with CHL commissioner David Branch in ceremonial face-offs. A few noteworthy incidents involving the four boys were leading the team's refusal to stand in the customary lineup for the national anthem and Jefferson calling out Rimouski Océanic forward Brad Richards, by stating that no one would have heard of Richards if he didn't play in the QMJHL and he would not last five games in the OHL. The Colts reached the Memorial Cup championship game, where they were defeated 6-2 by the Oceanic and later refused to shake Richards' hand after he had been named tournament MVP. Jefferson, Keefe and head coach Bill Stewart also notoriously walked out of the Halifax Metro Centre without conducting any interviews to the media.
Frost vs the Jeffersons
David Frost first approached Danton's parents, Steve and Sue Jefferson, in 1991, successfully recruiting Mike for the Young Nationals. 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.
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. Danton subsequently claimed that the Jefferson family had abused Mike, that they lived in squalor and had abused drugs and alcohol.
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. 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. 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. Danton's claims were disputed by the FBI and the alleged hitman, both of whom agreed that Frost was the target.
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 his own website hockey god on line and a sports consulting company with his wife. Frost once worked with current Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis when he was an NHLPA agent.
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.
- the fifth estate – Rogue Agent
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- David Frost resigns as NHL player agent
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- The Toronto Sun, November 29, 2008.
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- Sapurji: Barrie Colts -- my decade's most memorable
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- "Ex-NHLer Danton, convicted in plot to murder father, not Frost, gets full parole". Canadian Press. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
- Frost Acquitted of Impersonating Player National Post, February 14, 2009