marc nadon’s hockey career: that’s not what I meant

The Huffington Post tracked down Justice Marc Nadon today to ask him about his account, yesterday, of what might have been if he’d chosen a career on ice rather than heading for the bench. As he tells Althia Raj and Ryan Maloney, here, he never meant to say that he was drafted drafted:

On Thursday, Nadon confirmed he was never officially drafted to the National Hockey League.

“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.

On Wednesday, Nadon told an Ad Hoc Commons committee reviewing his appointment that he was drafted by the NHL team as a young teen.

“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. In fact, I was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings when I was 14,” he said.

“However, around the age of 16, my father read me the riot act and said that I had to decide whether I wanted to study or play hockey. I opted for studying. It now seems I made the right decision,” the justice went on to say.

Nadon told HuffPost Thursday: “I certainly didn’t lie.”

“I wouldn’t have dared say that at 14 that Red Wings were going to consider me for their hockey team the next year. I would have been an idiot to say that. That’s not what I meant,” he said.

Nadon only meant that he was going to be part of the Detroit Red Wings’ organization, he said.

“I was 14, my father was handling all this and he had told me that I would be part of the Red Wings’ organization. So 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.”