HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- A former St. Louis Blues player convicted of conspiracy to commit murder wants to play hockey for a Halifax university.
Mike Danton, 29, has enrolled at Saint Mary's University and is awaiting permission from correctional officials.
Danton was sentenced to 7½ years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot that allegedly targeted his former mentor and agent, David Frost. The native of Brampton, Ont., pleaded guilty in 2004 and spent five years in prison in the United States.
The Correctional Service of Canada will not comment on specific cases, though the parole board did clear Danton to move to Nova Scotia, where the university is.
Steve Sarty, Saint Mary's athletic director, says the university and the varsity hockey team are supportive of Danton's proposed move to join the nationally ranked squad for the remainder of the season. He has two years of college eligibility left.
Sarty did say, however, that it was a decision he did not make lightly.
"I've had a few sleepless nights about it. I've done a lot of research on the situation and I think people deserve a second chance," Sarty told TSN of Canada. "If we say no to Mike Danton, who are we going to say yes to?"
"From a human being's perspective, we encourage them to grow and learn from their mistakes and move on. I would have a hard time looking myself in the eye if I didn't buy into that whole process."
Danton is taking three classes. During his time in prison, he took correspondence courses with Saint Mary's.
As for the hockey team, the players already have signed a letter pressing their coach, Trevor Steinburg, to let Danton join the team, according to CBC News of Canada.
"Initially, I was very hesitant," Steinburg told the Halifax Chronicle Herald. "But I was challenged by my players [to accept Danton] for all the right reasons.
"He has paid the price for a mistake he's admitted was a huge mistake. He's already been punished for it."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.