Bob Goodenow refused to cooperate with the Provincial Police investigation of former NHL agent David Frost.
An OPP official confirmed yesterday he spoke with Goodenow briefly on the telephone, but the former head of the NHL Players' Association refused to be interviewed in the numerous evidence gathering cases involving Frost, who is currently on trial for four counts of sexual exploitation in Napanee, Ont.
The odd relationship between Goodenow and Frost has never been explained, although they did coach together in minor hockey and Goodenow's son, Joe, spent weekends at the now infamous Bay View Inn in Deseronto, Ont., sources confirm, which is the central location of the case against Frost.
Goodenow was the push behind the nefarious Frost being certified as a player agent by the NHLPA and the strong support to maintain him in that position while other agents, hockey people and even some PA staff, were trying to distance themselves from Frost.
During the Frost trial this week, Mike Danton's father, Steve Jefferson, told me after Frost punched a player on the bench during a game, "the parents on the team were forced to sign a document written by Goodenow saying we never saw it happen ... we all signed it ... I wish I never signed that thing."
HEAR AND THERE
Loved this line from the New York Post, which indicated New Jersey Devils RW Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond "should be called for too many names on the ice." ... Barry Melrose claims the difference between coaching in the NHL first time around and now is then he had three millionaires on his team. "Now I have three who aren't," said the Tampa Bay Lightning bench boss ... The Columbus Blue Jackets will rue the day they traded LW Nikolai Zherdev away. Those kind of teams forever makes those kind of trades ... John Ferguson Jr's best garage sale move in Toronto: Claiming LW Dominic Moore off waivers ... You can't make stuff like this up: Jim Belushi and Tie Domi are being honoured by the Albanian government Thursday. It's the same honour Mother Teresa was given.
AND ANOTHER THING
Bet you didn't know D Lubomir Vishnovsky of the Edmonton Oilers, pulling in US$7 million a season, same as G Roberto Luongo, RW Jarome Iginla, D Dion Phaneuf, is one of Canada's highest paid athletes. The Top 5 in order: NBA talents Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Bosh, then baseball stars B.J. Ryan, Scott Rolen and Roy Halladay ... At a minor hockey tournament in Chicago this weekend, there were more than 20 ex-NHL players behind the bench of AAA teams. Among them were Mario Lemieux, Al MacInnis, Igor Larionov, Al Iafrate, Domi, Bobby Carpenter and Ray Sheppard.