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Screen Shots: Frost to face the fire

So, ex-NHL player agent David Frost will face charges of tampering with the lives of young men and women. It's about time.

It's about time the former coach is forced to defend what he's done. It's about time serious consequences will ensue if he's found guilty. And it's about time the professional denier's simple denials won't be enough to save him.

That's what David Frost is best at: denials. He might have had some success turning young men into elite hockey players, but repeatedly rejecting the long list of accusations leveled against him nearly everywhere he's been, that's where the man truly excels.

Was he the target of a murder-for-hire plot hatched by Mike Danton, his most high-profile protégé? Nope. Did he control his most valued players by distancing them both physically and emotionally from their parents? Not him. Was he still involved in junior hockey circles long after he said he'd left the scene? Also incorrect.

Did he forge player-release forms, as the Metro Toronto Hockey League alleged in 1996 when they suspended him? Wrong guy. Did he punch one of his own players in the mouth in 1997 when he was an assistant coach with an Ontario-based junior team? No again. (Actually, Frost denied it at first, but later pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from the incident.)

You see? Up until now, Frost has really just been misunderstood and unfairly persecuted. The world is against him, for reasons he's never been able to fully explain.

Now, it appears the world has some evidence to the contrary. And Frost has much explaining to do.

He has to explain away twelve counts of sexual exploitation and one count of assault, in relation to alleged incidents between 1995 and 2001 involving four boys and three girls, all between the ages of 14 and 16.

Ontario police wouldn't say if the alleged victims were somehow involved in hockey, but there is really no need to say it. Anyone remotely involved knows David Frost's life is hockey. Winning hockey games is all the 40-year-old cares about, as he has made perfectly clear in his win-at-all-costs style of coaching.

It was that style that earned Frost some measure of esteem in the hockey community, including a prized position as an NHLPA-certified player agent, and the cache that came with being a FOBG (Friend of Bob Goodenow). And because he was good at his job, because he produced a few elite-level players, people were willing to ignore the rumors.

But the off-ice costs are – and always should be – far more important than anyone's style of coaching, and reprehensible off-ice damages are what Frost stands accused of today.

He can deny them all he wants, but Frost can't sidestep these latest accusations. He has finally been forced into a corner from which no amount of gnawing and burrowing can free him.

That's a victory for hockey, and the lives of all those fellow hockey-lovers he has stung along the way.

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