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  jodamiller
 
03:02pm 31/10/2005
  This community seems to be just about dead. If anyone wants to join a new community that, although mainly quiet so far, has active moderation, you can join stlblueshockey.  
     
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Tkachuk got tkachubby 
  jodamiller
 
11:31am 17/09/2005
 
mood: disappointed
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - Things are not off to a good start for Keith Tkachuk and the St. Louis Blues.

According to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday, Tkachuk was suspended by the Blues after failing his physical.

"He failed his physical and he's been suspended," Blues general manager Larry Pleau told the newspaper. "That's all I'll say."

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Pronger Traded 
  jodamiller
 
09:17am 03/08/2005
 
mood: surprised
The St. Louis Blues traded four-time All-Star defenseman and captain Chris Pronger to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night for defensemen Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka.
 
     
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I want to pick 
  mostwicked
 
08:39pm 07/10/2004
  #2 Al MacInnis He's the best!!!!  
     
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Totally pissed! 
  mostwicked
 
08:32pm 07/10/2004
 
mood: frustrated
How can we go without hockey for a season! I'm praying it isn't going to last. Football will do but its just NOT hockey. And I'm thinking that Al M. is going to retire and I'll never get to see him play again! I miss "the shot" and Barret Jackman! Where are Owen Nolan, Tie Domi, Scott Stevens. By the way has anyone had an update on Scott's condition lately. Last I heard he was still having repercusions from the concusion. Any news would be appreciated. But Blues Rule!!!
 
     
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  sid0wilson0
 
12:57am 03/08/2004
 
mood: sad

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needed 2 update 
  sid0wilson0
 
02:50pm 24/07/2004
 
mood: accomplished
i know i have been updateing in awhile.sorry about that i dont get on that much anymore.so here is what has been happing with the blues


Blues Avoid Arbitration, Sign Lalime, Mayers
To Contracts

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign
Forward Mike Sillinger

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign
Defenseman Eric Weinrich

St. Louis Blues Agree To New Contracts With Forward Dallas Drake And Defenseman Alexander Khavanov

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign Forward Ryan Johnson

St. Louis Blues Sign Forward DJ King And Defensemen Patrick Weller And Dennis Wideman

Blues Avoid Arbitration, Sign Lalime, Mayers
To Contracts

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign
Forward Mike Sillinger

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign
Defenseman Eric Weinrich

St. Louis Blues Agree To New Contracts With Forward Dallas Drake And Defenseman Alexander Khavanov

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign Forward Ryan Johnson

St. Louis Blues Sign Forward DJ King And Defensemen Patrick Weller And Dennis Wideman

St. Louis Blues Sign Forward Jon DiSalvatore And Defenseman Andy Roach

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign Goaltender Reinhard Divis And Forwards Eric Boguniecki And Mark Rycroft

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign Forwards Blake Evans; Mike Glumac And Johnny Pohl And Defenseman Trevor Byrne And Aaron Mackenzie

St. Louis Blues Acquire Goaltender Patrick Lalime From Ottawa

Blues Round One Order of Selection
Round 1: Marek Schwarz
Round 2: Carl Sonderberg
Round 3: Viktor Alexandrov
Round 4: 116th Michal Birner
Round 5: 136th Nikita Nikitin
Round 6: 180th Roman Polak
Round 7: 211th David Fredriksson
Round 8: None
Round 9: 277th Jonathan Boutin

mike danton pleaded guilty and he might take some jail time in canada and is missouri/illinoies (i know i spelled that wrong) and if he takes it in canada he wont be alowed in the us
 
     
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Trial scheduled to start July 20 
  sid0wilson0
 
10:28pm 04/05/2004
 
mood: pissed off
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he conspired to kill an acquaintance in a murder-for-hire plot.

Danton, wearing an orange jail-issued jumpsuit, spoke in calm and measured tones in brief responses to questions from U.S. Magistrate Gerald Cohn at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis, Ill. He is charged with conspiring and using a telephone across state lines to attempt a murder.


A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July 12, and a trial was set for July 20.


Three of Danton's relatives -- mother Sue Jefferson, brother Tom Jefferson and aunt Linda Gebe -- were at the hearing. So were two of Danton's Blues teammates, Scott Mellanby and Doug Weight, along with team marketing director Jim Woodcock.


"We're here just to observe and support Mike, to show him we stand by him," Woodcock said.


Gebe said the family is holding up "as well as can be expected" under the circumstances.


Cohn set a detention hearing for Friday afternoon. Danton will remain in the Clinton County, Ill., jail until then. Federal prosecutor Randy Massey said the government will recommend that Danton remain jailed.


Danton's attorney, Bob Haar, is hopeful Danton will be released on bond. He noted that Danton has a shoulder injury that needs treatment.


"I don't think Mike is a flight risk," Haar said.


Danton's alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer, pleaded not guilty Thursday and is free on $100,000 bond.


Federal authorities said Danton wanted the acquaintance killed after the two men argued April 13 over Danton's "promiscuity and use of alcohol." Danton allegedly "begged the acquaintance not to go to the general manager of the St. Louis Blues hockey organization and ruin his career," according to an FBI criminal complaint filed in the case.


The identity of the target has been a mystery. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing law enforcement sources, reported last month that Danton's agent, Dave Frost, was the target of the alleged plot. Frost has denied that he was a target and has refused to discuss specifics of the case, according to the newspaper.


Prosecutors said Danton, with Wolfmeyer's help, hired what they thought was a hit man for $10,000 to kill the acquaintance at Danton's suburban St. Louis apartment while he was out of town for the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Danton was arrested April 16 in San Jose, Calif., a day after the San Jose Sharks beat the Blues to eliminate them from the playoffs. He returned to the St. Louis area Monday. Danton and Wolfmeyer were indicted April 22.


Danton was born Mike Jefferson but changed his name in 2002, saying that he no longer wanted to be associated with his family.


Danton came to the Blues in a June trade from the New Jersey Devils, where he had been twice suspended for disciplinary reasons. This past season he had seven goals, 12 points and 141 penalty minutes, which tied him for most on the team.


The Blues have declined to comment on the case, though Blues players last month issued a statement showing support for their teammate.
 
     
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i claim... 
  extrmcloseupguy
 
02:41am 28/04/2004
  #44 Chris Pronger
#38 Pavol Demitra
 
     
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Hi everyone, I'm new!! 
  ajokercard
 
05:05pm 27/04/2004
 
mood: content
I'm a huge blues fan, and an even bigger Chris Pronger fan :) So I was wondering if I could claim him?? I noticed that no one else had him claimed so I was hoping I could have him, lol!
 
     
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Danton will plead innocent, lawyer says 
  sid0wilson0
 
01:09am 25/04/2004
 
mood: annoyed
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton will plead innocent to federal charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill an acquaintance, his lawyer said Friday.

``The complaint tells a very bizarre, incomprehensible story that's inconsistent with what all of Mike Danton's teammates and those close to him know about him,'' attorney Bob Haar said. ``We will be entering a plea of not guilty at the time of the arraignment.''

It is uncertain when the arraignment will happen. Danton, arrested in San Jose, Calif., a day after the San Jose Sharks beat the Blues to eliminate them from the NHL playoffs, remains in federal custody.

Haar said the U.S. Marshal's Service, partly for security reasons, does not disclose when a suspect will be moved.

``All we have gotten is very rough predictions from a couple of days to a couple of weeks,'' Haar said. ``Unfortunately, it's not a process we have any influence over.''

On Thursday, a federal prosecutor said Danton was being brought back to Illinois to face the charges.

Danton and an alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer, of the St. Louis suburb Florissant, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to arrange a murder for hire and using a telephone across state lines to arrange it.

Wolfmeyer was freed Monday to the custody of her parents on $100,000 bond.

Federal authorities said that Danton, with Wolfmeyer's help, tried to hire a hit man for $10,000 to murder an unidentified acquaintance at Danton's suburban St. Louis apartment. Federal authorities said the men argued April 13 over Danton's ``promiscuity and use of alcohol.'' Danton allegedly feared the acquaintance would talk to Blues management and ruin Danton's career.

Wolfmeyer was accused of contacting the would-be hit man, who alerted the FBI.

Ronald Tenpas, the U.S. Attorney for Illinois' southern district, asserted that Wolfmeyer, who had a ``personal relationship'' with Danton, had ample time to reconsider her choice to help in the plot, but did not. She not only found someone who said he'd do the killing, she led the man to Danton's apartment building, Tenpas said.

Tenpas and other authorities refuse to identify the person Danton is accused of wanting dead. Media reports, citing unidentified sources, maintained the target was Danton's agent, Dave Frost. Frost has said repeatedly that's not the case.

Danton came to the Blues in a June trade from the New Jersey Devils, where he had been twice suspended for disciplinary reasons. This season, Danton -- serving as a fourth-line agitator -- had seven goals, 12 points and 141 penalty minutes, which tied him for most on the team.

Blues players released a statement Thursday in support of their teammate, saying they wanted to ``tell everyone about the player and person we know. The media's portrayal of Mike has not been balanced and has not accurately reflected the character of the person we have spent the past 215-plus days with.''
 
     
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Blues Report Card: 2003-04 Season 
  sid0wilson0
 
02:24pm 20/04/2004
 
mood: silly
When Blues general manager Larry Pleau fired coach Joel Quenneville, one of the things for which Pleau criticized his team was not giving a second or third effort.

In the Post-Dispatch's season-ending grades, we rate the players for their effort in the regular season and their effort in the postseason, with an extra grade for those who significantly raised their play in the postseason (marked with " * " by the player's name). Players are graded on a scale of one to five, with five being the best.

(First number grade is regular season, second is postseason)


GOALTENDERS


Chris Osgood (4, 3)

Comment: Brilliant at times, ordinary at others; couldn't steal a win in playoffs.


Reinhard Divis (3, n/a)

Comment: Play in minors made Brent Johnson expendable; looked dependable in limited time.



DEFENSEMEN


Chris Pronger (5, 3)

Comment: Starred like a Norris candidate in regular season; didn't dominate games in playoffs.


* Murray Baron (3, 4)

Comment: Steady, unspectacular play in regular season; became more of a factor in postseason.


Eric Weinrich (4, 3)

Comment: Veteran rescued injury-depleted defense with sturdiness, verve on both ends.


* Bryce Salvador (3, 4)

Comment: Bothered by wrist injury at times, played his best at end of season.


Christian Backman (4, 3)

Comment: Impressive debut for slick rookie; heir apparent to blue- line offense.


Jeff Finley (2, n/a)

Comment: Shoulder injury limited his effectiveness in second half of season.


Matt Walker (2, 2)

Comment: Sore groin delayed start of season; played aggressively when given chance.


Alexander Khavanov (2, n/a)

Comment: Disappointing season was plagued by injuries; had late offensive burst.



FORWARDS


Keith Tkachuk (4, 2)

Comment: Most dangerous offensive player in regular season; little impact in playoffs.


* Doug Weight (3, 5)

Comment: Had long stretches of ineffectiveness in season, but sparkled in playoffs.


Pavol Demitra (3, 1)

Comment: Disappointing season leaves future with Blues in doubt; 35- point decline from previous season.


Scott Mellanby (2, 2)

Comment: Began to look his age, and injuries didn't help. Retirement seems likely.


* Mike Sillinger (4, 5)

Comment: Late-season acquisition's offensive performance in playoffs was a plus.


* Dallas Drake (5, 5)

Comment: Gritty plugger has the bumps, bruises and missing teeth to prove his purple-heart mettle.


Brian Savage (2, 2)

Comment: Streaky scorer never got hot as a Blue - spurts, no streaks; costly on defense.


Petr Cajanek (2, 3)

Comment: In his second season, play dropped off noticeably; went 38 games without goal in one stretch.


Jamal Mayers (3, 3)

Comment: Didn't regain promise of past season, picked up speed, production late.


Mike Danton (3, 2)

Comment: Capably filled pest role; arrest last week puts career in doubt.


Mark Rycroft (4, 2)

Comment: Consistent, aggressive play stood out; injury limited time in playoffs.


Steve Martins (2, n/a)

Comment: Good guy earned few chances; mistake cost him ice time down the stretch.


Pascal Rheaume (2, 1)

Comment: Waiver pick provided depth, but couldn't carve regular niche in lineup


Eric Boguniecki (1, n/a)

Comment: Injuries limited him to 27 games; never got into groove.


Injured: Al MacInnis, Barret Jackman.
 
     
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Danton's agent may have been target 
  sid0wilson0
 
02:20pm 20/04/2004
 
mood: silly
Sports agent Dave Frost appears to have been the target of what authorities have described as a murder plot by St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton, a protege and client.
The identity of the target has been a mystery since charges were filed on Friday.

However, law enforcement sources told the Post-Dispatch on Monday that the FBI found Frost at the player's apartment in Brentwood about midnight Thursday. That was minutes after Danton's accused teenage accomplice and a man she believed to be a hired killer had arrived there. That man had reported the alleged plot and was secretly working with the FBI.

The FBI brought the sports agent to the Brentwood police station, which is nearby, to talk with him along with the accused accomplice, 19-year-old Katie Koester Wolfmeyer, and the informer. Another law enforcement source who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Frost was that sports agent.
Frost has denied that he was a target of a murder plot. He told The Associated Press Tuesday that the the confusion will "all be cleared up as soon as Mike is able to talk."

"I wasn't the target," he told the AP

He refused to discuss specifics of the case with the AP or in an interview with the Post-Dispatch on Monday.

"The lawyers are the ones who will have to comment about the specifics of that night," Frost said.

"Once the whole thing shakes down, everyone will understand exactly all of the circumstances of what happened," he said. "When the smoke clears, everyone will know what Mike was thinking and what really happened. I can tell you that the moment he arrives in St. Louis is the moment a psychologist arrives to help him. We're in position to help him, and that is our goal."

Said Frost's lawyer, Michael Edelson: "There is a story behind the story which will be told eventually. Other than that, I have no comment. We're not going to try this in the press."

A possible motive for killing Frost was not immediately clear. Court documents said Danton and his intended target had argued earlier in the week about issues of drinking and promiscuity and Danton had begged him not to tell the Blues general manager and ruin his career.

Authorities later recorded a sobbing Danton telling the target in a phone call that he "felt backed into a corner and also felt the acquaintance was going to leave him," the complaint against Danton said. So Danton "decided to have him murdered."

Danton was arrested Friday in San Jose, Calif., as a result of a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis by the FBI. The complaint alleged that Danton offered $10,000 to a man in Monroe County introduced to him by Wolfmeyer to kill someone he allegedly told Wolfmeyer had been hired to kill him.

If convicted, he could be imprisoned up to 10 years and fined up to $250,000 on each of two counts - that he conspired and used a telephone across state lines to set up a murder. Wolfmeyer, of Florissant, was charged with the same counts.

Frost is not well-known in St. Louis but is known in Toronto's hockey circles for being banned from two junior hockey leagues and for having a strong influence over a core of young players.

Danton's father, Stephen Jefferson, called Frost a "monster" and blamed him for his dwindling relationship with his son.

Frost has said it is Jefferson who was the controlling figure in Danton's life, saying it was "well-documented" with Danton's Canadian lawyer and with Canadian regional police "what Mike has gone through and what he has had to deal with. . . . It is all eventually going to come out, and it will surface. This is really going to be a part of Mike's healing process."

Danton's St. Louis-based attorney, Robert Haar, said he had been in contact with the U.S. attorney general's office about when Danton will be transferred from a California jail to the St. Louis area.

It could take "two to three weeks," Haar said, but he had been assured that the process would be expedited. "I suspect (Danton will be moved) much quicker than that," Haar said.

After a weekend in jail, Katie Wolfmeyer was released on $100,000 bond Monday, to a collective gasp of relief among friends and family after a federal judge in East St. Louis ruled that she was not likely to flee the area. Her parents, Patrick and Nancy Wolfmeyer, posted the required 10 percent in cash.

Her bail hearing Monday shed some light on the man from Monroe County whom she had allegedly introduced to Danton to carry out the murder. Her lawyer, Don Groshong, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford J. Proud that the man is a police officer - and that Wolfmeyer knew it.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Clark said the man was not a police officer but a "civilian employee." He didn't elaborate.

Authorities first became involved in the case when the man Wolfmeyer introduced to Danton called Columbia, Ill., police on Thursday after becoming convinced that Danton was serious.

Columbia officers contacted the FBI, Chief Joe Edwards said Monday.

Proud, the magistrate judge, noted Wolfmeyer's clean background.

"It is evident to me, Miss Wolfmeyer, that there is not so much as a parking ticket in your past," he said, shortly before releasing her to her parents' custody and under conditions of home confinement and electronic monitoring. "This is not to cheapen the seriousness of the offenses with which you are charged."

The family declined to comment as her bond was posted and as she left the courthouse.

Clark, the prosecutor, argued that Wolfmeyer should remain jailed. "This is a case where this defendant made calls to set up a murder," he said. "This is a crime of violence."

Groshong, of Alton, denied that Wolfmeyer signed a confession as reported in an FBI agent's affidavit in the case. He said she only admitted to certain facts.

"Miss Wolfmeyer has already cooperated, and by 'cooperated' I mean cooperated fully with the government so far. She will continue to do so," he said.

After the hearing, he described her as an honors student who is working two jobs, attending college and spending time as a lacrosse coach. And he called her a victim.

"Nobody contacted anybody to do a hit," Groshong said. "This is a young girl smitten by a hockey player who lied to her continually. . . . She's the victim. She's been lied to by everybody." Groshong declined to elaborate on who lied to her.

More than 20 people turned up to show support for Wolfmeyer. Some of them were her college classmates at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, who skipped their classes to be there, Groshong said.

Wolfmeyer, who is studying nursing, burst into tears several times during the hearing, prompting family members and friends to cry in sympathy and exchange hugs.

John Wolfmeyer, an uncle of Katie Wolfmeyer's, said late Monday that the family was thrilled to welcome her home.

"It was great," he said. "There was a roomful of people waiting for her. Everyone was just happy to have her home. After a half hour, she actually stopped crying and started smiling."
 
     
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What Katie Wolfmeyer and Dantons dad thinks about everything 
  xxt1nk3rb3llxx
 
08:22am 19/04/2004
  The girl Danton was with worked up at St. Louis Mills in the Ice Zone. They showed a picture of her on the news and I know of her. They met a month ago.



Mike Danton's father, with whom the Blues player has been estranged for several years, said Sunday his son "needs help" and blames Danton's agent for his son's emotional problems, accusations the agent vehemently denies.

Stephen Jefferson spoke publicly for the first time since his son's arrest Friday in an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

The comments from the father came as Danton's representatives were still awaiting word on when the 23-year-old would be moved from a California jail to the St. Louis-area. The local attorney for Danton, Robert Haar, said he had not been informed when Danton would be moved or when a hearing will be held on the charges.

Danton was arrested Friday in San Jose, Calif., as a result of a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis by the FBI. The complaint alleges that Danton attempted to hire someone to murder an acquaintance whom Danton said was a hired killer coming to kill him.

Danton's agent, Dave Frost, said he spoke with Danton on Sunday and that "each day he's gotten better and that he appreciates all of the support he's received."

Jefferson spoke with several members of the media on Sunday, including the Post-Dispatch. He said that his relationship with his son ended "all because of David Frost."

"I haven't spoken to Mike in a long, long time," Jefferson said. "David is a monster, a manipulator. Mike and I got along fine until (his agent). ... I want David Frost to stay away from Michael."

Frost said: "For him to question my credibility is unconscionable."

Jefferson said his relationship with his son "dwindled" after Frost became Danton's agent, when the player was about 15, approximately eight years ago. Frost said that was about the time Danton came to him and "begged me to get him out of the house."

Nearly two years ago, Danton legally changed his name from Mike Jefferson to Mike Danton. He said in an interview in September that he had the name change to sever ties with his family.

Danton would not go into details about what led to that decision.

"He didn't change his name for no reason," Frost said. The agent added that it is "well-documented" with Danton's Canadian lawyer and with Canadian regional police "what Mike has gone through and what he has had to deal with. . . . It is all eventually going to come out and it will surface. This is really going to be a part of Mike's healing process."

Asked if he abused his son, Jefferson said: "No."

He said he had tried to contact his son at the California jail.

Frost said that in his talk with Danton on Sunday that Danton reiterated he wanted to seek counseling for what Frost called "paranoia," but also to deal with emotional turmoil he has kept mostly private.

The Jefferson family has contacted the NHL and the NHL Players' Association to get aid for Danton. When contacted the NHL said any help from a league-affiliated source would be confidential.

"My son needs help from doctors," Jefferson said.

The family for Katie Koester Wolfmeyer, 19, who was arrested in conjunction with Danton and charged by the FBI in the conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, also spoke publicly Sunday.

John Wolfmeyer, her uncle, said the family was "quite shaken and concerned completely with Katie's well-being."

John Wolfmeyer said Katie was still incarcerated, but her parents had gone to see her. When they first spoke with her, Katie told them she couldn't sleep and couldn't eat. On Sunday, she "ate a donut," John Wolfmeyer said.

"She's very bubbly, very family-oriented," her uncle said. "I know it's cliche to say the girl next door, but Katie's like the girl next door. There is a lot of support here for her and her family."

Katie Wolfmeyer is on an athletic scholarship at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, her uncle said. John Wolfmeyer had a hand-written set of notes from Katie's father about his daughter's academic record, her community and church involvement and her taking 15 hours of classes and working three jobs. One of those jobs was at the Blues' new practice facility, the ice rink at St. Louis Mills in Hazelwood.

The family did not know of a relationship with Danton, John Wolfmeyer said.

Questions outnumber the answers as to what the individual parties can say about the arrest and the charges as the parties are severely limited in what they can say. Representatives for Danton said information shedding light on Danton's background, why specifically he legally changed his name and why he had gone to lengths to avoid his father would be clear in the future. Also unknown is the identity of the acquaintance mentioned in the criminal complaint. The report is written as if to indicate that the acquaintance was the target of the alleged murder for hire.

Representatives declined to comment about specifics of the case.

The FBI could not be reached for comment.

"When this all comes out and the dust settles," Frost said, "the war of words won't matter."
 
     
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a little difrent story 
  sid0wilson0
 
12:09am 19/04/2004
 
mood: tired
Canadian NHL Player Arrested on Hit Man Charge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - FBI agents arrested professional hockey player Michael Danton on Friday on charges he tried to hire someone to murder a man who had apparently been his lover, according to court documents.
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. district court for Southern Illinois said Danton -- who was arrested hours after a playoff game in San Jose, California -- told a friend an invented story about a fellow-Canadian who wanted to kill him over a debt.
He asked the friend, Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, if she knew anyone willing to kill the man for $10,000. Wolfmeyer told an unnamed witness who then revealed the plot to the FBI.
 
     
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  sid0wilson0
 
12:02am 19/04/2004
 
mood: tired
Blues' Danton 'delusional': Lawyer

By ROB GRANATSTEIN, Sun Media


ST. LOUIS BLUES forward Mike Danton is suffering from paranoia and battling "demons" in his head, his agent and lawyer said yesterday following the player's arrest in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme. "Mike is suffering from some paranoia and some delusional thoughts regarding his past," David Frost, Danton's agent, said from California. "In his mind, Mike honestly thought he was in danger."

The FBI's allegation is that Danton, 23, from Brampton, and Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, hired a "hitman" to kill an acquaintance of the player, who may have been his gay lover who shared an apartment with him.

The FBI complaint alleges Danton fought with the man Tuesday over Danton's "promiscuity and use of alcohol."

Frost said Danton lived alone and there is no gay lover.

Danton allegedly told Wolfmeyer a hitman from Canada was coming to kill him and asked if she knew someone who could kill the hitman.

"There's a very significant story behind the story, which will be told," said Michael Edelson, Danton's Ottawa lawyer.

LATEST TWIST

Edelson and Frost talked to Danton on Friday from the San Jose holding cell where the FBI is keeping him until he can be transferred to St. Louis tomorrow or Tuesday.

"He said, 'Dave, please, make sure you get me some help,' " Frost said. They hope to have a forensic psychiatrist examine him when he's returned to St. Louis.

Danton is said to be suicidal.

Edelson said Danton had arranged to turn himself in to St. Louis FBI to face the charges when the Blues returned Friday after being eliminated from the playoffs in San Jose.

Instead, the FBI arrested Danton in line at the San Jose airport.

This is just the latest twist in the strange story of Danton's young life. He is estranged from his family, changed his last name to distance himself from relatives and has been suspended twice for disciplinary reasons while playing for New Jersey.

Danton's father was watching the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada Friday night in his Brampton home when his son's face popped up on the TV over host Ron MacLean's shoulder.

Steve Jefferson, Danton's dad, said the report came out of the blue and wouldn't comment further yesterday.

Danton is also a director and part owner of CJHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings.
 
     
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What Doug Weight and Keith Tkackuk think about the Danton ordeal 
  xxt1nk3rb3llxx
 
05:22pm 17/04/2004
  ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A day after St. Louis forward Mike Danton was charged in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, his Blues teammates were still having trouble fathoming the news.

``It's beyond shock,'' forward Doug Weight said Saturday as players cleaned out their lockers. ``I don't know what to say.''

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Illinois, Danton, 23, and 19-year-old Katie Wolfmeyer tried to hire someone to kill an acquaintance of the hockey player. Danton was arrested at the airport in San Jose, Calif., after the Blues were knocked out of the playoffs by a loss to San Jose on Thursday.


``It's tough,'' center Keith Tkachuk told reporters. ``I don't know what's going on. You guys probably know more than I do.''

Danton and Wolfmeyer face federal charges of conspiring and using a telephone across state lines to set up a murder. According to the criminal complaint, Danton told Wolfmeyer that a hit man from Canada was coming to kill him and asked her if she knew someone who would kill the person for $10,000.

The complaint alleges that Danton was trying to kill a male acquaintance whom he had fought with Tuesday over Danton's ``promiscuity and use of alcohol.'' The complaint said Danton feared the acquaintance, who is not identified, would talk to St. Louis Blues management and ruin Danton's career.

Weight said what Danton does in his personal life is his own business and shouldn't have been a problem for the team.

``Let's preface it by saying who knows what the situation is,'' Weight said. ``There's rumors of what went on and who exactly was involved with this so-called thing.

``Let's not jump to conclusions, but you know what, hypothetically I think it would be fine. I'd like to think people are bigger than that and look into the person as a person and as a teammate.''

Danton, formerly known as Mike Jefferson, was suspended twice for disciplinary reasons by the New Jersey Devils last season before being traded to St. Louis last June. He had seven goals, 12 points and 141 penalty minutes in 68 games this season -- all career highs -- with the Blues.

In one game, although he was at a decided disadvantage, he tried to goad Vancouver tough guy Todd Bertuzzi into a fight.

``I don't know a tougher guy than him, I don't know a guy that goes in the corner and gets killed and that will drop his gloves with a guy who's 40 pounds heavier in a flash,'' Weight said. ``He's tough as nails.''

Some teammates were hoping the arrest was just a misunderstanding.

``He brings a great presence to the dressing room, so it's just real tough to see him go through this,'' defenseman Bryce Salvador said. ``I really do feel like he's family. It's unfortunate, because he's a great guy.''

Others wanted him to know he was in their thoughts.

``We're worried about his life right now and what he's going through,'' Weight said. ``It's a scary thought.

``I feel for him and I'm praying for him.''
 
     
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Blues' Danton Arrested in Alleged Murder Plot 
  sid0wilson0
 
12:35pm 17/04/2004
 
mood: tired
St. Louis Forward Faces Serious Federal Charges
By BETSY TAYLOR, AP SPORTS


ST. LOUIS (April 17) -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton was charged Friday in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme, the FBI said.

Danton was arrested at the airport in San Jose, Calif., after the Blues were knocked out of the NHL playoffs in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Illinois, Danton and a woman tried to hire someone to kill an acquaintance of the hockey player.

Danton, 23, and the woman, Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, face federal charges of conspiring and using a telephone across state lines to set up a murder. It could not be determined where they were being held Friday night.

Blues spokesman Frank Buonomo declined to comment Friday, saying in a statement, "The matter is in the hands of law enforcement officials and the judicial system."

The Blues could not immediately put the Associated Press in touch with an agent or lawyer for Danton.

According to the criminal complaint, Danton told Wolfmeyer that a hitman from Canada was coming to kill him and asked her if she knew someone who would kill the person for $10,000.

She passed his call to another man, described as a "cooperating witness," who spoke with Danton beginning Wednesday.

The FBI said Danton hatched a plot where the man could kill the "hitman" at Danton's apartment and make it look like two burglars had broken in, one being killed and the other making off with $3,000 Danton had in a safe.

The complaint alleges that Danton actually was trying to kill a male acquaintance whom he had fought with Tuesday over Danton's "promiscuity and use of alcohol." The complaint said Danton feared the acquaintance, who is not named, would talk to St. Louis Blues management and ruin Danton's career.

In a telephone call recorded by authorities, the acquaintance asked why Danton wanted to kill him. According to the complaint, Danton broke down and sobbed, and explained that he ordered the killing because he "felt the acquaintance was going to leave him."

Authorities said Friday they have no reason to believe that the acquaintance or anyone else had been planning to kill Danton. "We couldn't confirm that to be accurate," said Marshall Stone, supervisory FBI special agent in Springfield, Ill.

Danton, formerly known as Mike Jefferson, was suspended twice by the New Jersey Devils, who eventually traded him to St. Louis last June. He had seven goals, 12 points and 141 penalty minutes in 68 games this season with the Blues.


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more about danton 
  sid0wilson0
 
01:53am 17/04/2004
 
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According to the complaint, he told the girl he was dating that someone was coming down from Canada to kill him over a money debt, and did she know anyone who he could hire to kill the hitman? So she called someone she knew, put him in touch with Danton, and Danton offered him $10k. Then told him where his apartment was, and said he should kill the guy to make it look like he was caught trying to break into danton's. And the guy he was offering money to said, on tape, "What you're asking me to do is to go to your place now, or tomorrow, and take care of this before you get home, correct?" and Danton said "yeah." (That was Wed. night.)

They (girlfriend and hired killer) get to the apartment, the guard calls up to see if Danton wants to let them in (he was in San Jose at the time) and someone comes out of Danton's place and says he's MIKE'S DAD

Copied from the complaint: the acquaintance ("father") was interviewed and stated that he and DANTON had a severe argument on tuesday april 13, 2005, concerning DANTON'S promiscuity and use of alcohol. DANTON is a hockey player for the St Louis Blues. DANTON begged the acquaintance not to go to the general manager of the blues hockey organisation and ruin his career. The acquaintance threatened to leave DANTON.

The acquaintance called DANTON and asked DANTON why he wanted to have him killed. DANTON broke down and sobbed. DANTON explained that he felt backed into a corner and also felt that the acquaintance was going to leave him DANTON did not want to allow the acquaintance to leave him, therefore decided to have him murdered.
 
     
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want 2 trade 
  sid0wilson0
 
12:18am 17/04/2004
 
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i was wondering if any1 collects hockey cards and if so do u want 2 trade
 
     
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