Former tough guy Georges Laraque, who last played for the Montreal Canadiens, was named Tuesday as the executive director of the new Canadian Hockey League Players Association, according to Canada's Globe and Mail. The union has yet to be certified but intends to represent the 1,500 players in the three major junior leagues.
Former St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton was denied an entry visa to play in England, according to the Canadian Press. The denial stems from his conviction for his part in a failed murder-for-hire plot. Danton was released from prison in 2009 and played in Sweden and the Czech Republic last season.