|Michael Sage Jefferson/Danton
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 191 pounds
Born: 10.21.80 Brampton, Ontario
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the St. Louis Blues with Devils' 3rd round pick in the 2003 E.D. for Blues' 3rd
round pick in 2003 E.D., 6.21.03
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Ahhhhhhh. One of the more infamous Devils in the team's history. Danton was more of a headcase to me than anything.
It was an admirable story about him changing his last name from Jefferson to Danton after a 13-year old boy he met at a
hockey camp during the summer of 2002. But that's the only good I can see.
He was suspended twice by the Devils, both times involving refusing assignment to the Albany River Rats. The second
time is one of Devils' lore, that's for sure. Most of us know it, already. He was injured and saw a doctor that the Devils
didn't have an association with. He asked Lou if the team would cover it anyway, but Lou said no. And when asked
about it and refusing the Albany assignment by the press, Danton responded, "I'm not drinking Lou's Kool-Aid." And us
Devils fans responded in kind, but kindly towards Lou. :)
He had an okay season with the Blues after the trade, but the last playoff game would be the last one he would ever play
in about 5 years, if at all. That's what happens when you try to conspire to have your agent murdered.
After he served his sentence, during which he took university correspondence courses, the life rebuilding process began.
He was still eligible to play Canadian college hockey, so he enrolled at St. Mary's University in Halifax for the winter
2010 semester and joined their hockey team.
After he finished his studies in 2011, he returned to play professionally, joining IFK Ore in the Swedish Third Division.
He moved around to a couple different leagues before settling in with KH Sanok in Poland for 3 seasons.
This season, he returned to North America to play for Riviere-du-Loup 3L in the LNAH.
|Entry Draft: 2000 Fifth Round Pick (135th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils