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Canadian Supreme Court judge under scrutiny after NHL Draft claim

Oct 3, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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From the “Don’t mess around when it comes to hockey in Canada” file…

Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon is facing blowback after his claim of being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings was proven false.

“During my youth, my ambition in life was to become a hockey player, which may seem surprising looking at me but those days were different,” Nadon, 64, told a Canadian parliamentary committee on Wednesday. “In fact, I was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings when I was 14.”

Just one problem: Jean Patrice Martel, president of the International Society for Hockey Research, said it never happened.

“It’s almost impossible he would have been drafted because he was too young,” Martel told Postmedia News. “But there is a chance that he was offered a contract, maybe not by the Red Wings but by an affiliate team.”

At the time of the first NHL draft held in 1963, players had to be around age 16 to qualify, Martel said. Further, “every NHL player who was ever drafted is very well documented, and he’s not on there.”

The more likely scenario, Martel said, is that Nadon was offered a contract with an affiliate team in the Red Wings’ organization, which would not have been recorded. Martel said his staff have uncovered news reports of a Marc Nadon playing on the St-Jerome Alouettes, a Junior A team whose midget affiliates were part of the Red Wings’ farm team network.

In response, Nadon told the Huffington Post on Thursday he didn’t lie about his past — rather, he got the terminology wrong.

“I wasn’t trying to say that I was going to play for the Red Wings that year or something to that effect,” he explained. “I certainly didn’t lie.

“I used ‘draft’ in the way that I would have used it in those days, loosely termed to say that I would be part of the organization. The exact details I never knew exactly. So it wasn’t a draft the way they are now, that you are drafted and you go and play for the Red Wings or — no, no, I was 14. So, it was employed very loosely.”

While Nadon won’t face issues about lying to the committee, parliament member Francoise Boivin said misinformation is a concern and she’d like Nadon to “clarify the details” as soon as possible.

  1. esracerx46 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    You said you were drafted. You werent. None of this misspoke bs. You stretched the truth and got caught in a lie. Man up. Although at his age he could be senile and think he actually was drafted. Senile or liar…he’s the judge I want ruling on my case.

  2. 19to77 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Meanwhile, in Canada.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM


  3. earpaniac - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    A draft wasn’t a draft 50 years ago?

  4. sotomayor111 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    heard about the female canadian family judge whose husband procured a black man so he could watch while the judge(his wife) had all sorts of kinky sex with the black insurance salesman?…but the canadian court said this was ok.She’s still on the bench.

    • Anoesis - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Most people these days don’t care about who you’re banging, unless it’s actually on the bench. In court. During a trial. Misrepresentation? Different story.

  5. kaptaanamerica - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    The guy was gonna be part of the wings system, bottom line. These are just left wrong liberals trying to cause an issue about a conservative judge.

    • no - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      yes everything always seems to boil down to that liberal-conservative binary doesn’t it?

      couldn’t be that you’re a sheep who can’t think on his own terms. nope, definitely just the way of the world.

  6. sampulls - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    kaptaanamerica and sotomayor111

    Both are bang on….you think liberal media is a issue in the USA? The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation makes NBC and CNN look like Fox News.

  7. sampulls - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Difference between Canada and the USA boils down to the definition if 1 word: FAIR

    Fair in USA = getting what you work for
    Fair in Canada = getting what everyone else has

    • ikillchicken - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      I know right. Canadians always be like “Yo, we’re just gonna stop working indefinitely. You can still pay us though”. Er…no. Wait. That’s the US congress.

    • no - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      Hello, you seem to be on ProHockeyTalk in your search for Please check your browser’s URL and adjust accordingly.

      Rational people

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