Many agents want him out

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

A significant number of player agents are calling on the NHL Players' Association to strip agent David Frost of his certification.

Not a single certified agent of those polled yesterday by the Toronto Sun wants his name associated with Frost.

"It concerns me that our profession can be painted with the same brush as someone like (Frost)," agent Anton Thun said. "Yes, the whole thing bothers me. It's not good for our business. It's not good for our profession."

Frost was certified as a player agent when Bob Goodenow was executive director of the NHLPA. Goodenow and Frost have a lengthy history dating back to Frost coaching Goodenow's son in minor hockey.

Frost received a re-certification last May while Goodenow was still in charge of the NHLPA. The PA, now under the leadership of Ted Saskin, still appears unwilling to push Frost out, despite the controversy.

'DEALING WITH THE DEVIL'

Derrin Ferris was one of the first agents to express concern about Frost. He once told Mark Napier, then general manager of the St. Michael's Majors, that doing business with Frost was "doing a deal with the devil."

Ferris reiterated his concerns about Frost yesterday but indicated the decision rests with the players' association, not with the agents.

"It's not our jurisdiction," Ferris said. "There are people who have to be accountable for certification. But knowing what I know, it's not a difficult decision to make. Whoever makes that decision should make that decision."

Some agents scoffed at the weak statement released by the NHLPA on Tuesday, explaining why Frost remains certified, but many still refused to share their opinions for publication. Apparently the matter has been brought up at agents meetings before but received only cursory attention.

"For him to be linked to our industry is not fair to the good people in (it)," Pat Morris, a highly influential agent, said. "I don't like it, but it's not my decision to make."


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