Bob Goodenow, David Frost
and Mike Danton
The very night after their brief dinner, following Game 4 of the series, Danton and Frost
had the "severe argument" that allegedly led the 23-year-old player to hatch the bizarre plot to have his long-time agent and father figure murdered by a contract killer, documents filed last month in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show.
Danton, and a 19-year-old St. Louis woman named Katie Wolfmeyer who is his alleged accomplice, are jointly charged with conspiring to have "an acquaintance" -- originally unidentified but weeks ago named by prosecutors in open court as Frost
-- killed at the hockey player's own suburban St. Louis apartment.
had been staying with him for several weeks previous, and remained there when, on April 14, Danton joined the rest of the Blues on a team charter to San Jose for Game 5, which turned out to be the Blues' final match of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
...The alleged plot came to FBI attention when the supposed "contract killer," who was to kill Frost on the night of April 15 for $10,000, according to court documents, turned out to have been a part-time local police dispatcher who instead reported the plan to authorities.
Court documents, quoting from phone conversations the FBI
had taped between Danton, in San Jose, and Wolfmeyer, in St. Louis, allege Danton was virtually begging the killer to do the job that evening -- and to do it in his apartment, so that "When I come back [from the West Coast], I'll obviously see him [Frost] there."
The two first met when Frost
was a 25-year-old minor hockey league coach in Brampton, Ont., and Danton a 10-year-old player who was then known as Mike Jefferson.
was granted certification by the NHLPA
as a player agent in 2002, despite his
well-known checkered past.
By then, he
had already been suspended as a coach by the Greater Toronto Hockey League
for allegedly forging signatures on player release forms, and deemed persona non grata by the Ontario Hockey Association
.In addition, he
pleaded guilty to assaulting one of his
former junior players in connection with a 1997 incident during a game.
The players' association has never offered an explanation of how Frost
came to be one of about 200 accredited agents, its officials declining comment because of the court case and describing the certification process as an internal one.
Goodenow and Frost
have ties that go back to the 1995-96 hockey season, when Frost
coached the Toronto Young Nationals bantam team on which Goodenow's son, Joey, was a player.