Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Danton
Mike Danton was born October 21, 1980 in Brampton, Ontario. The fifth round, 135th overall selection of the New Jersey Devils in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Danton who legally changed his name from Jefferson to Danton in the summer of 2002, is a graduate of the OHL.

A feisty winger, Danton played three seasons in the OHL with stops in Sarnia, Toronto St. Michael's and Barrie before making his professional debut in 2000-01. A member of the Barrie Colts team that reached the 2000 Memorial Cup final, only to lose in the final against the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic, Danton spent the majority of his first pro season with the Devils AHL affiliate in Albany, while seeing limited aciton with the parent club.

Following a strong rookie season with Albany, in which he registered 34 points (19-15-34), Danton missed the entire 2001-02 season after the Devils suspended him for refusing to report to Albany. In 2002-03, Danton returned to the Devils lineup and spent the early portion of the season with big club, before being suspended by the club yet again for failing to report to Albany.

In the summer of 2003 the Devils traded Danton to the St. Louis Blues. Upon his arrival with the Blues, Danton returned to his feisty ways on the ice, while chipping in 12 points (7-5-12) in 68 games.

After the Blues we're eliminated from the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, Danton, who had been known to be a troubled individual, was arrested by the FBI and charged with participating in an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

On November 8, 2004, Mike Danton was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for hatching a plot to murder his mentor and agent, David Frost.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1996-97 Quinte Hawks ON-Jr.A 35 10 18 28 281
1997-98 Sarnia Sting OHL 12 6 1 7 37
1997-98 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 18 4 6 10 77
1998-99 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 27 18 22 40 116
1998-99 Barrie Colts OHL 26 15 20 35 62 9 6 5 11 38
1999-00 Barrie Colts OHL 58 34 53 87 203 25 7 16 23 107
1999-00 Barrie Colts M-Cup 5 1 1 2 13
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 6 0
2000-01 Albany River Rats AHL 69 19 15 34 195 -24
2001-02 Albany River Rats AHL
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 17 2 0 2 35 0
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 7 5 12 141 -8 5 1 0 1 2
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 7 3 1 4 22 9 6 3 9 6
2010-11 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 28 3 2 5 30 5 2 0 2 0
2011-12 Orli Znojmo Austria 19 4 5 9 65 4 0 0 0 11
2012-13 HC '05 Banska Bystrica Slovakia 14 3 7 10 12 5 0 1 1 18
NHL Totals 87 9 5 14 182 5 1 0 1 2


Legally changed last name from Jefferson to Danton, July 25, 2002. Traded to Barrie (OHL) by St. Michael's (OHL) with Sheldon Keefe, Ryan Barnes and Shawn Cation for Keith Delaney, Darryl Bootland, Adam DeLeew and Brad Pierce, January 11, 1999.
Suspended for 2001-02 season by New Jersey for refusing to report to Albany (AHL), October 2, 2001.
Missed majority of 2002-03 season after being suspended by New Jersey for refusing to report to Albany (AHL), December 3, 2002. Traded to St. Louis by New Jersey with New Jersey's 3rd round choice (Konstantin Zakharov) in 2003 Entry Draft for St. Louis's 3rd round choice (Ivan Khomutov) in 2003 Entry Draft, June 21, 2003.
Sentenced on November 8, 2004 to 7 1/2 years in prison for a failed murder-for-hire plot. Granted full parole on September 11, 2009.