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by Paul on 02/23/11 at 12:45 PM ET
from John Wertheim of Sports Illustrated,
Danton’s major is psychology. He’s reading Jung, Piaget and Freud—“I think Freud’s the one who needed psychoanalysis,” he says—studying the mysteries of the human mind. “It’s amazing how important the brain is, how it controls so much,” he says. “We do this because of that, that because of this. Just fascinating.”
He entered school with vague ambitions of returning to his previous career, that of a grinding forward in the NHL. Although he still would one day like to play professional hockey again, now his long-term goal is to earn a Ph.D. in psychology. His professors say that’s no pipe dream. “He’s an absolutely outstanding student. He handed in a paper that I can freely say is one of the best I’ve gotten in my years of teaching,” says St. Mary’s psychology professor Lucie Kocum, who taught Danton’s research methods course. “He has a self-exacting approach, but he brings this exuberance to class.”
Is it too simplistic, Danton is asked, to assume that he’s enthralled with psychology because of everything he’s been through?
“Yeah,” he says. “But if I were you, I’d put it in the story anyway. I mean, how can you not?”
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