CJHL ban over, Frost not barred

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:47 AM ET

Controversial hockey agent David Frost can enter the dressing room of the CJHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings.

Interim CJHL commissioner John Comerford said a ban barring Frost from areas restricted to team personnel has expired.

"We can't stop David Frost from entering the rink and I haven't received any complaints from anybody about him," said Comerford last night.

Wayne McKnight, the league's former vice president, said he tried to extend the ban through the current season.

But McKnight, who was fired as the league's disciplinarian earlier this week, told the Sun that Comerford demanded he back off.

"He told me to keep my nose out of that business," said McKnight, who was ousted following a meeting of league governors on Monday.

Comerford denied this.

'ABSOLUTELY FALSE'

"I never said such a thing to Wayne McKnight. That's absolutely false," said Comerford.

Frost is the agent and friend of former NHL player Mike Danton, who was sentenced to 71/2 years in a U.S. prison in November of 2004 for plotting to have Frost killed.

Later that month, former CJHL commissioner Mac MacLean banned Frost following a verbal confrontation with a referee at the Jim Durrell Complex in Ottawa.

Frost has no official capacity or title with the Lumber Kings, but is the agent and friend of Sheldon Keefe, the team's majority owner.

MacLean originally barred Frost from all CJHL arenas, but backed down after Frost threatened to sue.

The league eventually allowed Frost to attend CJHL games, but barred him from the restricted areas.

McKnight said yesterday that arrangement remained in effect until MacLean was fired by league governors in October.

BIZARRE EVENTS

The firing of McKnight is the latest in a series of bizarre events to unfold during the current CJHL season.

On Monday, McKnight issued suspensions of 20 and 15 games to Kanata Stallions winger Gene Falsetto and coach Wayne Hughes respectively following a post-game dust-up in Cornwall involving spectators.

Hughes allegedly struck a spectator that had poured a drink on assistant coach Steve Sundin and Falsetto allegedly hit another spectator with his stick during the incident at the Si Miller Community Arena last month.

The altercation was filmed by a Cornwall cable TV station and McKnight based the suspensions on the evidence from the video.

But on Monday night, CJHL governors fired McKnight, who says he got the boot because owners and GMs were unhappy with the severity of suspensions.

Comerford said that wasn't the case.

"The firing of Wayne McKnight has nothing to do with the suspensions," said Comerford.

Meanwhile, the Stallions appealed and a league committee will decide tomorrow whether to keep the penalties in place, to reduce them or to wipe them out.


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