A Strange Association
The defanged NHL Players Association did not create David Frost.
But with the OPP having now laid some serious charges involving alleged sexual exploitation against the hockey coach/agent, it's worth pointing out the NHLPA was for several years more than willing to help Frost advance his career.
It was in September, 2002, that The Star broke the news that Frost had been certified by the NHLPA as a player agent despite having already been suspended several times by different hockey leagues for his conduct and despite having been convicted of assaulting one of his own players while coaching a Junior A team.
Think about that one. Frost pleaded guilty in 1997 to charges he repeatedly punched one of his players while coaching the Quinte Hawks Jr. A club.
And still the powerful NHL players union gave him its stamp of approval.
Frost claimed at the time he worked with agent Mike Gillis. Gillis, however, said that wasn't true at all.
And still the union certified him.
Agents were stunned, but few chose to speak up. The reason? Frost talked incessantly about his close ties with union boss Bob Goodenow, having coached his son, Joe, and Frost traded on that relationship repeatedly in conversations.
If you talked to Frost, you heard more than once about how he and Goodenow were tight.
And Goodenow never denied it. Or explained it.
For more than three years, Frost stayed on the NHLPA certified agent list. It was understood by union insiders it was simply Goodenow's call, even after Frost was the alleged target of a murder scheme by one of his clients, Mike Danton, and after Danton was sent to jail for that crime.
For three years, the union allowed Frost to operate under its auspices. He never added more clients, but the designation as a certified agent nonetheless gave him a layer of useful credibility.
And not a single person with the NHLPA ever stood up and made a stink about it.
When it was all over, did the union pull the plug on Frost? Nope.
Frost resigned. And that happened only after Goodenow had already made his exit.