Frost lawyers ask CJHL to lift ban

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Player agent David Frost has fired back in his battle with the Central Junior Hockey League.

Suspended for an indefinite period on Tuesday, Frost is seeking reinstatement to the league through legal counsel, which sent a fax to CJHL commissioner Mac MacLean yesterday.

"We want (MacLean) to lift the ban," said Howard Yegendorf, Frost's lawyer. "Mr. Frost is a certified NHL agent and he attends CJHL games as part of his job and it's how he makes a living."

Yegendorf added that Frost will consider litigation should the league refuse to rescind the suspension.

Contacted at his home in Athens, Ont., MacLean said Frost could appeal the ban, a process that would include an independent hearing which would not involve MacLean.

Yegendorf termed the CJHL's decision rash and said Frost was denied a hearing before judgment was served.

"Most people know that before punishment is handed out, a person is entitled to due process and a fair hearing," said Yegendorf. "I hope the decision wasn't taken because it was David Frost (involved)," he added. "I'm hoping that (MacLean) is looking at this as an isolated incident."

MacLean said the CJHL, like many hockey leagues, doesn't administer justice in the same manner as would a normal court.

"If you get a match penalty, you're going to get three games and then you could appeal it," he said. "Generally, all throughout hockey, it's not handled (the way a trial is)."

The league banned Frost for being in a restricted area on Saturday and allegedly confronting a referee at the Jim Durrell Complex following the first period of a game between the host Ottawa Jr. Senators and Pembroke Lumber Kings. Frost's client, NHL player Sheldon Keefe, owns the Lumber Kings.

The CJHL claims Frost "accosted, harassed and threatened" referee Marc Pelletier while in the restricted area. Frost admitted on Tuesday to directing a comment toward the referee, but scoffed at the league's claim he posed a threat.

He also said MacLean, through the ban, was trying to make a name for himself. Frost has been front-and-centre in the news after his friend and client, former NHLer Mike Danton, was sentenced to 71/2 years by a U.S. court earlier this month for his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

MacLean shot back yesterday, saying: "I don't need to make a name for myself. I've been around for a long time. If I needed to make a name for myself, I certainly wouldn't be using him to do that."


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