Frost suspended by CJHL

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Controversial hockey player agent David Frost and Central Junior Hockey League commissioner Mac MacLean are in the midst of an ugly battle.

The league has banned Frost from all CJHL games, practices and functions, while Frost is considering legal action.

The CJHL yesterday issued an indefinite suspension against Frost who, although he has no official function in the league, confronted a referee in an off-limits area at the Jim Durrell Complex on Walkley Rd. following the first period between the Ottawa Senators and Pembroke Lumber Kings on Saturday.

The Lumber Kings are owned by NHL player Sheldon Keefe, one of Frost's clients.

MacLean said CJHL teams have been instructed to contact the police to have Frost removed from the arena should he turn up at games during the suspension.

COMPLAINTS

MacLean also told the Sun yesterday that the league has received complaints that Frost has allegedly entered the Pembroke dressing room on various occasions this season to yell at players for lacklustre play. He said the complaints came from parents of players with the Lumber Kings.

"We can't have (him) going around the rinks and trying to intimidate referees, or running into dressing rooms and screaming at kids," said MacLean.

Contacted yesterday in Kingston, where he owns a cottage in the area, Frost admitted he told referee Marc Pelletier that "it was a brutal (bleepin') call," but scoffed at MacLean's move to suspend him.

"I'm a hot-ticket item right now, I guess," said Frost. "Mac MacLean is trying to make a name for himself, and I wouldn't know him if I fell over him."

Frost added: "We've handed this over to our lawyers, and they'll go ahead and deal with Mac MacLean."

Former NHL player Mike Danton, a friend and client of Frost, was sentenced in East St. Louis, Ill., to 71/2 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty in a murder-for-hire plot. Prosecutors said Danton tried to hire a hit man to kill Frost, a theory Frost has steadfastly discounted since Danton was arrested in April.

The CJHL alleges that Frost was verbally abusive toward Pelletier following an incident during the game's first period in which Pembroke forward Owen Kelly was checked from behind into the boards by an Ottawa player.

Following the period, the league alleges that Frost "accosted, harassed and threatened" the referee in a hallway leading to the ice surface.

REPORT FILED

Pelletier filed a report following the game, and also contacted Ottawa District Hockey Association referee-in-chief Steve Sleigh by phone immediately following the incident.

CJHL teams are responsible for security at home games, and Sleigh contacted officials of the Jr. Sens to make sure security would be in place to ensure no other incidents would take place.

Frost left the complex on his own accord before the end of the game, and there were no further incidents.

"(Pelletier) wanted to confirm the procedure," said Sleigh. "It's easier for me to make the (security) request than it is for the official that's doing the hockey game."

Sleigh said that the referee's report of the incident identified Frost, but confirmed that Frost did not threaten Pelletier.

Frost said he was standing near the Lumber Kings dressing room between periods, and became angry when he saw the swollen and cut face of the Pembroke player.

"I certainly didn't corner (the referee). I certainly never harassed him. I walked by. His back was turned, I made the comment and just kept walking," said Frost.

TEAM FINED

In addition to the suspension, the league fined the Lumber Kings $1,000.

Kevin Abrams, the team's coach and GM, claims the fine is bogus because Frost has no official capacity with the team.

MacLean said the league had been investigating Frost's connection with the Lumber Kings during the last three weeks.

"We were waiting for something else to happen, and it did happen on Saturday," said MacLean. "If we didn't do something, it would happen again shortly, I'm sure."


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