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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.
Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic