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"I'M GLAD I WENT TO PRISON"
L. Jon Wertheim
February 28, 2011
NEARLY SEVEN YEARS AFTER HE TRIED TO ARRANGE A MURDER, FORMER NHL PLAYER MIKE DANTON IS STUDYING PSYCHOLOGY AND FINALLY PIECING HIS LIFE TOGETHER
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February 28, 2011

"i'm Glad I Went To Prison"

NEARLY SEVEN YEARS AFTER HE TRIED TO ARRANGE A MURDER, FORMER NHL PLAYER MIKE DANTON IS STUDYING PSYCHOLOGY AND FINALLY PIECING HIS LIFE TOGETHER

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Danton admits that his first 30 years could be a psychologist's lifework. "It's fascinating to me," he says. "I can understand why it's interesting [to outsiders]." But he's less interested in becoming a therapist and "dealing with darkness" than in working with athletes to help them elevate their performance when it matters most. "As humble as I can make this sound, I've played at the highest level; I made a pretty big mistake that cost me; I have a lot of knowledge of being an underdog and rising to the occasion," he says. "With some more knowledge and training, I think I can help other athletes."

He balances the hope of again playing high-level professional hockey with the reality. He's more concerned with keeping up his grade point average than his scoring average. Already he's torn between getting an advanced degree after graduation and getting a job. "I don't need much to live on," he says, "but I've basically had no income for seven years."

When he considers his future, he starts shaking his head, staring out the window of the library toward the ocean a few blocks away. "You know what I really want? To have a family, have kids, be a great dad," he says. "Just the usual, normal stuff, you know?"

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