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Did Canada’s Newest Supreme Court Nominee Lie About Being Drafted by the Red Wings?

Federal Court of Appeal Justice Marc Nadon is Prime Minister Stephen Harper's pick to fill a vacancy on the nation's top Court. However, while his nomination was being reviewed by a Parliamentary committee (usually a pro-forma exercise in Canada), he let it slip that the red ermine lined robes of the Supreme Court Justices was not the first red uniform his honour had considered wearing.

From the CBC:

The new justice said that as a youth his ambition in life was to play hockey. Nadon said he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings at the age of 14.

However, someone seems to be casting doubt on the learned Justice's claim. Blogger Stephen Smith checked the record for his Puckstruck blog:


The first NHL amateur draft took place in June of 1963, when Justice Nadon was just 13. The following year Detroit selected Claude Gauthier first over all. While Judge Nadon may have been scouted by the Red Wings. he may have been praised, and even promised big things. But there’s no indication in any hockey reference that a Marc Nadon was ever drafted at any point by any NHL team.

This, of course, would be a major embarassment for the man who reccommended the appointment - Prime Minister Stephen Harper - who has long held himself out as a hockey historian, and recently offered a sneak peek of his long awaited book on the subject. 

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It certainly looks like he wasn’t drafted:


Maybe what he meant to saw was that he was being scouted by the Red Wings, not that he had been drafted. 

This is a fairly significant distinction for a gentleman who has made the interpretation of words and their meaning his business…

Posted by cdndragoon on 10/02/13 at 09:14 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Drafted at age 14?

I know in the old old days the habs had first dibs on all players in Qubec , but that was before the draft.

Age 14 ....that’s funny

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/02/13 at 10:47 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

This is amusing.  Please keep us updated how it goes.  There’s probably a reasonable explanation for it.  Something to note is that the allusion to being a draft pick isn’t in a quote; it’s perfectly plausible that the reporter screwed that up.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 10/02/13 at 10:55 PM ET


Back in the old old days, all six NHL teams enjoyed territorial exemptions, to a degree. Da Habs had first dibs on all players in Quebec during, I think, the 60’s, but take a look at who they actually took.  Michel Plasse, MarcTardif, Rejean Houle, etc.  Not bad, but no franchise changers.  That fact is overplayed by people.  Still, that dumb rule changed when Gilbert Perrault was ready to enter the NHL.  At least this is what I remember at 8:01 in the morning.

Posted by Mick Kern on 10/03/13 at 08:03 AM ET

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