Keefe cool to Frost talk

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- You could sense the uneasiness when the subject was broached.

Sheldon Keefe is at the RBC Royal Bank Cup as the coach and GM of the Pembroke Lumber Kings, not as an acquaintance and former client of David Frost.

Keefe, 26, is in his first year behind the bench and has taken the Lumber Kings to the national semi-final where today they'll face the Aurora Tigers.

That's where his focus is and not on questions surrounding his relationship with his former agent, who's been charged with six counts of sexual exploitation in Ontario. Or his friendship with former teammate Mike Danton, who is serving a prison term in the U.S. for plotting to kill Frost.

"I'm not all that concerned about it. Here I am, doing my own thing," Keefe said. "I'm not a 16-year-old kid playing junior hockey anymore. I have a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders trying to run this team. I'm living my own life. I try not to pay attention to all that stuff going on. We have a good thing here and I don't like any distractions."

Keefe a former NHLer who played 125 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, walked away from professional career to become a junior A coach.

SERVED AS PRESIDENT

He served as president of the club for the past four years, and took over the coaching duties in June of last year.

"I was at a stage in my career where I'd gone through some battles -- I blew out my knee and had long surgery and rehab with that -- and I was kind of at a stage where I had been in the NHL for three years, then I went to the minors and I was bouncing around from city to city.

"I was fortunate that a few years into my playing career I invested in a hockey team in Pembroke. That was something I knew in the back of my mind that I had something to fall back to. I still had the passion to play the game, but my knee was bothering me on a daily basis and I was battling in the minors so I made the decision to come here and I'm enjoying every minute of it."

At one time Frost was involved with the team, but a court order stemming from his charges now prevents him from having any communication with Keefe or the Kings.

The Lumber Kings finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 2-2 record.

They've already beaten Aurora and have the unenviable task of trying to beat the No. 1-ranked team again.


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