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Michael Danton

Michael Danton  #22

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NUMBER: 22 BIRTHDATE: October 21, 1980
HEIGHT: 5' 9" BIRTHPLACE: Brampton, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 191 DRAFTED: NJD / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 5th   (135th overall)
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.
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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday