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NHL Officials’ Conflict of Interest Goes Unchecked in Leafs/Lightning Playoff Opener

Wes McCauley will call Game 1 action this evening, which is always exciting, but there’s a lot more going on when McCauley referees a Leafs game than most fans realize. Let me explain in more detail for those who are unfamiliar.

First and foremost, this is a trigger warning for any survivors of sexual abuse out there.

Okay, we’ve all heard about the David Frost and Mike Danton scandal, right? Former junior coach turned NHL player agent David Frost was accused of sexually assaulting a number of underage hockey players, including Danton. Frost was acquitted, and Danton was later arrested and convicted of conspiring to murder Frost.

Please bear with me…

Danton and Keefe have been friends for a long time. When the alleged abuse occurred, the two grew up playing hockey together and were teammates on a junior team coached by Frost. Fast forward to Danton’s trial, and it was Keefe who testified against Frost.

So, how does all of this relate to McCauley and tonight’s game?

Frost and McCauley are in-laws and are said to be very close.

I’m not saying this is a conflict of interest, but maybe that’s exactly what I’m saying.

Remember when Keefe got in trouble for yelling at McCauley? Doesn’t that make sense now?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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