Danton gives Kypreos his first one-on-one interview since being paroled
TORONTO, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - Hockeycentral analyst Nick Kypreos sits down with former NHLer Mike Danton, who was paroled from prison in September, for an exclusive interview that will air Wednesday, November 11th on Rogers Sportsnet's Mike Danton, "The Untold Story."
The one-hour Hockeycentral special will air Wednesday on Sportsnet East at 8 p.m. (ET), Sportsnet Ontario at 9 p.m. (ET), Sportsnet West at 8 p.m. (MT), Sportsnet Pacific at 9 p.m. (PT) and on all Sportsnet HD channels.
In spring 2004, two days after Danton and the St. Louis Blues were eliminated from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the San Jose Sharks, Danton was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. He pled guilty on July 16, 2004 to attempting to hire a hitman.
"I needed something in my life to change," said Danton. "It sucks, but going to prison changed my life and saved my life."
Danton was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison and served 5 1/2 years. He sat down with Kypreos and discussed his life at home as a child, his relationship with agent David Frost, his life in prison and future plans.
"In my 12 years of broadcasting, this is the most intriguing interview I have ever done," said Kypreos. "This is a human interest story that goes beyond hockey. It's the type of story that would relate to any parent who has children playing sports."
"I went in with no pre-conceived notions, but with a lot of questions because of the bizarre story," he said. "I want viewers to draw their own conclusions after they watch the interview."
Sportsnet Executive Producer Mike English credited Kypreos for the interview and the work that he put in.
"It's a tribute to Nick's journalistic ability that he was able to get Mike to open up and be as candid as he was," says English. "Without question it's a compelling 60 minutes."
Danton began his NHL career after being chosen in the fifth-round by the New Jersey Devils in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played only NHL 19 games before being dealt to the Blues in the 2003-2004 season where he collected 12 points and accumulated 141 penalty minutes in 68 games.
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