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Danton targets silverware with Blaze; ELITE LEAGUE ICE HOCKEY.

CANADIAN forward Mike Danton has set his sights on helping CPP Coventry Blaze win a championship next season.

The 31-year-old has an impressive pedigree after making 92 appearances in the National Hockey League with New Jersey Devils and St Louis Blues, posting 15 points and 184 penalty minutes.

Danton, also drafted in the fifth round by Devils in 2000, racked up 213 points and 640 penalty minutes in 175 games in the Ontario Hockey League as well.

But he also has a chequered past having been jailed in the USA in 2004 for a failed murder plot. The court was told the intended victim was Danton's agent but Danton later claimed his own father was the target.

After his release five years later, Danton returned to play for Saint Mary's University in the CIS before splitting last year with IFK Ore in Sweden and Orli Znojmo in Austria.

Danton said: "My goals are all team oriented. From my discussions with Paul Thompson, it is very evident he wants to win. I am in the same boat.

"I enjoy winning and dislike very much to lose hockey games. Winning is infectious and everybody benefits in the end. Therefore, my goal is for the team to play to the best of their ability and win a championship.

"I intend to bring a lot of hockey knowledge and leadership to the Blaze. I have played at many levels and know the game of hockey very well.

"I will bring a great work ethic and dedication to winning as well as an in-your-face style of play. I enjoy playing physical but I will be relied on to put up points in Coventry.

"I expect to be an all-around player that aggravates the other nine teams in the league. The local fans will definitely enjoy my style of play!" Danton is relishing playing in the Elite League for the first time and has heard good things about the game this side of the pond.

He added: "I was speaking to a good friend of mine - Adam Keefe - about possibly playing in the EIHL. He gave me a list of teams that I should contact that he thought were good spots for me. Coventry was one of those teams.

"So, I sent a message over to Paul Thompson (pictured) and he promptly returned my inquiry. I spoke to Paul over the span of a couple days and was really interested in what he had to say.

"He seemed to be very passionate about winning and professional in his demeanour.

"I decided the best scenario was Coventry.

"The level of excitement I have is growing every hour. I want the season to start already! The buzz around the city and league seems to be infectious.

"I have heard a lot of good things about Coventry, their tradition, and the EIHL. I am looking forward to the experience."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 22, 2012
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