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Mike Danton is Back on the Ice

Former St. Louis Blue and New Jersey Devil, @Mike Danton, has signed a Pro contract with a Swedish Division One team, IFK Ore, and will play the 2011-12 season overseas.

Danton as most people in St. Louis know was arrested in the spring of 2004, on charges of Conspiracy to commit murder.   Though it was thought that Danton had taken out a contract on his former agent, David Frost, Danton has denied the allegations and said the contract was actually taken out on his estranged father.

Danton pled guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.  Danton served five years of that time, and was paroled in 2009.

Danton will be playing for the team in Furudal (pronounced Fuhr-uh-Dal) which has a population of about 450 people.  When asked how he felt about that, he said that he had played for a team in a city in Canada that only had about 1100 people, so he wasn’t a big thing.

Not only will Danton be playing for the team in Furudal, but he will also be the captain of the team.

Danton is happy to be in Sweden.

“It’s good to be here,” Danton said.  “The people are friendly.  I’ve met three or four of the guys on the team.  They have been excited and welcoming.  It has been a good experience so far.”

Danton thinks he can help the team in Furudal this season.  “I’m a little older than most of the players,” said Danton.  “I have experience at the pro
level.  I bring leadership and experience to the team.  Whatever capacity they want me to help with, I’m willing to do that.”

Danton is trying to get his career back on track in Sweden, and hopefully he will do just that.  When a reporter asked him if the people in
Furudal needed to be scared of him, he just laughed.

“I’ve done a lot of growing, and a lot of changing,” he said.  “I’m an easy going guy, and I am easy to get along with.  So don’t be afraid of me, even though I am
missing a tooth.  It’s ok.”

As the IFK Ore hockey season gets ready to begin, Danton’s biggest goal is to help the team succeed.

“As captain, all of my goals are team oriented,” said Danton.  “I want to be an example on and off the ice for all of our
players.  I want for our team to play as  well as we can and for as long as we can.  I hate to lose, so I want to win every game.”

The pre-season has just ended for the Ore hockey club, and they finished with a 3-3 record.  In those six games, Danton has
amassed a total of 10 points, including 3 goals and a total of 36 penalty minutes including two major penalties for fighting.  Mike does have a little advise for the guys
playing hockey in North  America.  “A quick tip to you North American hockey players that want to explore the aspect of fighting in a European league,” says Danton.
“Start throwing punches right away when you drop the gloves.  If not, the refs will come in and break up what could have been a spirited fight.”

Information for this article was collected from a Swedish News article, a Swedish Television interview and Mike Danton’s Personal Blog.

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