Murder-for-hire hockey star headed to Sweden: report

Former National Hockey League (NHL) star Mike Danton, who was jailed for conspiring to murder his agent, used Twitter to announce he'd signed on with a new team in Sweden.

Murder-for-hire hockey star headed to Sweden: report

Danton, who confessed to hiring a hit man in April 2004 to take out his agent after his team’s quest for the Stanley Cup were snuffed, announced the news on the social media site on Thursday.

“I’ve just signed my first professional contract in 8 years. I’m going to Sweden for the season 2011-2012. Thanks to everyone for their support,” he wrote.

Danton’s life unravelled quickly in 2004, hitting rock bottom when he conspired to kill his agent David Frost.

The 30-year-old’s story includes chaotic rumours of homosexuality, promiscuity, substance abuse, and child neglect.

Danton, a former forward for the St. Louis Blues, pled guilty to murder-for-hire charges and was sentenced to 7.5 years in federal prison in November 2004.

His bizarre story drew more attention when the television network CBC aired a documentary on the volatile relationship between the two men.

The program described a homosexual love affair in parallel to several years of sexual abuse by Frost.

After serving five years and receiving parole in September 2009, the 175.5 centimetres and 86 kilogramme Danton continued both his studies and hockey career finishing two seasons with Canadian’s Saint Mary’s Huskies.

Current information contends that Danton’s next stop will be with the Swedish divisional club IFK Ore.

The team’s sport manager Jens Nielsen however refused to confirm the news.

“It’s something I deny in the current situation. Nothing is finalised,” he told Sweden’s national newspaper Aftonbladet.

Danton recorded three goals and two assists in 28 regular-season games during the 2010-11 season with the Huskies and added a pair of goals during five playoff games.

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Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft

Rasmus Dahlin became just the second Swedish-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday when the Buffalo Sabres used the top pick on the rangy teenage defenceman.

Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft
Rasmus Dahlin is bound for Buffalo. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
Dahlin, who plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish league and was widely expected to be the first pick, follows Mats Sundin, who was the top choice of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.
“I just want everything to start,” Dahlin said. “I'm going to bring everything I have to that city. I'm super excited. I can't wait.”
Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov went second to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens used the third pick to get Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
The draft had a decided Europe flavour as four of the top six players were Europeans. The first American was Brady Tkachuk who went to the Ottawa Senators at No. 4 and the Phoenix Coyotes took the first Canadian Barrett Hayton with the fifth pick. 
The 18-year-old Dahlin said he was happy to call Buffalo home despite the fact they haven't had a winning season in the past seven seasons and have missed the playoffs eight years in a row.
“It's amazing to finally put on the Buffalo Sabres' jersey,” Dahlin said. “I've been there twice. I love that city.”
The six-foot-three, 185-pound Dahlin was honoured as the best defenceman at the 2018 world junior championship in Buffalo, registering six assists in seven games. He also played twice for Sweden as a 17-year-old at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
At number six, the Detroit Red Wings chose the brash Halifax Mooseheads winger Filip Zadina who vowed to make teams that passed on him pay down the road.
“I'm telling my agent if they will pass on me, I will fill their net with the puck,” the Czech Zadina said. “Yeah, it's just I want to prove to them that they have done a bad decision.”
The lone trade of the day came before the draft when the Colorado Avalanche acquired backup goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenceman Brooks Orpik from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for the 47th pick. The Capitals were willing to get rid of Orpik and Grubauer so they could create salary cap space to sign free agents.