Update: * Sudbury Wolves Grad Gerome Giudice will join Danton on the Blaze for 2012-13 * (May 24, 2012)
Ontario Hockey League grad Mike Danton (originally Jefferson) continues his hockey tour of Europe, signing on with the Coventry Blaze of Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League for the 2012-13 season. This past year, 2011-12, Danton started out in Sweden’s Division 1 (tier 3) with IFK Ore. He moved midway through the season to Austria to play for Orli Znojmo of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. While with IFK in Sweden, Danton wore the ‘C’ and provided great offense with 16 goals, 25 assists for 41 points in 27 games.
Just the facts:
- Danton split 2011-12 between Sweden and Austria.
- Mike played with the Sarnia Sting, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Barrie Colts.
- Danton was an important part of the Barrie Colts being finalists at the 2000 Memorial Cup.
- A 5th round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2000, Danton was a regular with the St. Louis Blues in 2003-04.
Mike played in the OHL for three years from 1997-98 to 1999-00. He started out with the Sarnia Sting, but after just 12 games he was shipped off to the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. He started the following season with the Majors but he was packaged off to the Barrie Colts midway through the season with Sheldon Keefe, Shawn Cation and Ryan Barnes.
In his final OHL season, 1999-00, he finished tied for ninth in the league with 87 points. He also finished ninth in the OHL with 203 PIM. All this was achieved in just 58 games. The Colts won the Robertson Cup after a seven game dual with the Plymouth Whalers. Barrie participated in the Memorial Cup held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Colts finished 1-2 in the round robin before beating the host Halifax Mooseheads in the semi-final by a score of 6-3. The Rimouski Oceanic were crowned Memorial Cup champions with a 6-2 victory over Barrie in the final game.
Danton was a fifth round pick of the New Jersey Devils at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 135th overall. He played just two games with the Devils in 2000-01, putting in a full season with New Jersey’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany River Rats. Mike played 17 more in 2002-03 before being traded to the St. Louis Blues. Mike played 68 games with the Blues in 2003-04, leading the team in penalty minutes with 141.
After a five year hiatus, Danton returned to hockey in 2009-10 with St. Mary’s University in the CIS. He put in two seasons of university hockey before heading to Europe.
Coventry finished the 2011-12 season fifth overall in the ten team EIHL. The Blaze were ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Cardiff Devils. The league plays a two game total goal series in the first round and Cardiff won 7-4 after tying the first game.