Frost influence lives on

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

The troubling influences of David Frost stretch all the way from southern California to central Ontario, with the closeness of his connections still apparent in minor hockey centres.

While Mike Danton remains behind bars in Fort Dix, N.J. -- and is now suing to be transferred to a Canadian prison -- his former Frost teammates and backers remain closely affiliated.

Sheldon Keefe, whose National Hockey League career is either over or on hiatus, is listed as the owner and assistant coach of the tier-two junior Pembroke Lumber Kings. Keefe is a longtime client, also estranged from his parents, who lived at Frost's Brampton home along with teammate Danton, who then was named Mike Jefferson.

Frost regularly is found hanging around Lumber Kings games and was in fact, suspended briefly by the Central Junior Hockey League last season, even though he has no affiliation with any team.

The coach and minority owner of the Pembroke team is Kevin Abrams, who not coincidentally was general manager of the infamous Quinte Hawks team that Frost coached and for which Danton starred.

NO COMPLAINTS

Has he had any complaints because of the apparent relationship with Frost?

"None of the players or parents have expressed any concerns to me about this," Abrams said. "I haven't heard a single complaint about David Frost."

The leading scorer this year on the first-place Pembroke team is a California kid named Ryan Lasch. He came to the Lumber Kings on the recommendation of Larry Barron, who runs the Barron Elite Hockey program in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

"We didn't know him. He showed up at one of our open tryout camps," Abrams said. "We gave him an opportunity and he took advantage."

Lasch told the Pembroke newspaper: "I'd trained with Larry Barron. And I needed a place to play. So he told me he'd get me a tryout with the Lumber Kings in Pembroke."

Barron played for Frost in Quinte and was a teammate of Danton's. Frost used to operate a successful Elite hockey school in the Greater Toronto area. After closing his Toronto school, he later had a home address within miles of Barron's minor hockey development program in California.

Two of the high-level coaches working for the Yorba Linda Blackhawks -- out of the same rink as the Barron school -- are familiar Frost names, Darryl Tiveron and Shawn Cation.

Tiveron was the Quinte player Frost apparently assaulted and bloodied on the bench during a game and later pleaded guilty to the charge against him.

Another Frost-Barron connection: For almost two years, a man identifying himself as Larry Barron had regular telephone communication with Globe and Mail hockey columnist, David Shoalts. The man on the phone continually promised to provide exclusive interviews with Danton and continually bad-mouthed Danton's parents.

It wasn't until hearing Frost interviewed on radio after Danton had been arrested for attempting to hire a hitman that Shoalts was able to determine that the voice he was talking to didn't belong to Barron, but it was Frost speaking.

And even now, after all the publicity, after Danton was jailed for attempting a clumsy hit, this group remains ever tight, ever troubling, even unexplained. How they work tightly together, shutting out the rest of the world, forever together.

In the lawsuit filed in Missouri asking Danton be deported to Canada and that his 7 1/2-year prison sentence be reconsidered, one of the reasons for the transfer is listed as his need to be "close to his Canadian extended family."

Danton remains estranged from his parents, Steve and Sue Jefferson.

His extended family in Canada apparently begins with the man he tried to have killed.


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