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Not Drafted, but Not Lying Either - Newest Supreme Court Justice

Yesterday it was reported that Canada's newest Supreme Court Justice Marc Nadon may have fibbed to a Parliamentary committee when he said he had been drafted at the age of 14 by the Detroit Red Wings (prior to abandoning his hockey dreams to pursue his legal dreams.)

Today His Honour backtracked on that claim, saying he had not in fact been drafted in the way most of us understand the term, but had been recruited in a more general sense.

Via The Huffington Post:

"I wasn't trying to say that I was going to play for the Red Wings that year or something to that effect," the Federal Court of Appeal Justice told The Huffington Post Canada.

Nadon said his father had told him that he would be part of the Red Wings organization, and if in a few years he became a Wayne Gretzky-type, they would have a grab on him.

"But I never became a Wayne Gretzky so it never went any further," he said.


Of course, Wayne Gretzky was two years old when Justice Nadon claims to have been drafted...whatevered by the Red Wings. I'm sure he's just paraphrasing his Father, as Judges are obviously well known for their loose and imprecise interpretations of such things. 

On what he really meant when he said he'd been drafted, he offered:

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. Not to imply that I would play for the Red Wings, that somehow I was part of the Wings' organization and I was a decent hockey player that's what really what it was meant to say, nothing further.

Justice Nadon is well known for his expertise in maritime law - sometimes called the 'law of the sea' - so we can probably assume this is just one of those fish stories that gets bigger in the telling. So the fact that he once passed Jack Adams in the halls of the Olympia Arena got exagerated into his being the top prospect of 1963. I mean, who doesn't have a story like that?

Of course, Adams was GM for 36 years on a handshake - so maybe back then a team really could draft a 14 year old kid with nothing more than a wink and a nod. 

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Mistercristo's avatar

Canada’s hilarious.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 10/03/13 at 06:02 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

I appreciate your analysis in the last two paragraphs.  All in all, great story.  It’s interesting that such an innocuous thing as a (probable) slight exaggeration that has grown over the years can become such a big deal (and by saying that I do not mean to downplay the importance of honesty, especially to someone of his occupation).  I think Canada lacks for real political scandal (what’s Toronto’s mayor been up to lately?).  Perhaps y’all would like to import some of our elected crooks?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 10/03/13 at 06:44 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Toronto’s mayor is on his way to Texas, actually. Keep him if you want.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 10/03/13 at 07:08 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

No thank you.

We produced George W. and, to be quite honest, Rick Perry is probably worse.  We don’t need any more bad politicians.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 10/03/13 at 07:33 PM ET

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