08.23.06

Agent / Sex Pest Busted, No More Interviews With Nixon

Posted in Hockey, The Law at 12:14 pm by

Though the strange saga of former NHL player agent David Frost has been mentioned a few times in this space, it would seem there’s even more shocking revelations. Apparently, you can sexually exploit children without ever once encountering the New York Times’ Kurt Eichenwald.

From the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

David Frost (above), the former NHL agent who was once the target of a foiled U.S. murder-for-hire plot hatched by one of his star players, woke up this morning in jail on charges that he sexually exploited four boys and three girls, aged 14 to 16, across a six-year period ending in 2001.

The disgraced coach and mentor-turned-NHL-agent for onetime big leaguers like Mike Danton and Sheldon Keefe, laughed off the allegations in 2004 when the Ottawa Citizen first reported news about the sex exploitation probe.

Earlier this summer, Frost, 39, told the paper the Ontario Provincial Police investigation was winding down, that they had nothing on him and soon everyone would know that the probe yielded no charges.

But that’s not the case. In fact, Frost was arrested in Kingston, Ont., Tuesday afternoon outside the Juice nightclub, his latest business venture. He was arrested by uniformed officers and plainclothes detectives who had literally travelled the world to interview scores of his former players, including Junior A players, AHL players and a few NHLers.

Top detectives allege Frost used his position of trust and authority to sexually exploit teenage boys and girls, and have charged him with 12 counts of sexual exploitation and an assault that allegedly happened in Deseronto, Ont., where he coached the Quinte Hawks in the 1996-97 season.

Calling Frost “a professional denier”, the Hockey News’ Adam Proteau seems ready to throw away the key.

David Frost is best at denials. He might have had some success turning young men into elite hockey players, but repeatedly rejecting the long list of accusations leveled against him nearly everywhere he™s been, that™s where the man truly excels.

Was he the target of a murder-for-hire plot hatched by Mike Danton, his most high-profile protégé? Nope. Did he control his most valued players by distancing them both physically and emotionally from their parents? Not him. Was he still involved in junior hockey circles long after he said he™d left the scene? Also incorrect.

Did he forge player-release forms, as the Metro Toronto Hockey League alleged in 1996 when they suspended him? Wrong guy. Did he punch one of his own players in the mouth in 1997 when he was an assistant coach with an Ontario-based junior team? No again. (Actually, Frost denied it at first, but later pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from the incident.)

You see? Up until now, Frost has really just been misunderstood and unfairly persecuted. The world is against him, for reasons he™s never been able to fully explain.Ontario police wouldn’t say if the alleged victims were somehow involved in hockey, but there is really no need to say it. Anyone remotely involved knows David Frost™s life is hockey. Winning hockey games is all the 40-year-old cares about, as he has made perfectly clear in his win-at-all-costs style of coaching.

It was that style that earned Frost some measure of esteem in the hockey community, including a prized position as an NHLPA-certified player agent, and the cache that came with being a FOBG (Friend of Bob Goodenow). And because he was good at his job, because he produced a few elite-level players, people were willing to ignore the rumors.

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