STOCKHOLM (AP) -- In his return to professional hockey following a five-year jail sentence, it was the skills Mike Danton learned in prison that helped him save a teammate.
When a linemate on his third-division Swedish team hit his head on the ice after a hard hit and started convulsing, the former NHL player from Canada shoved his hand into Marcus Bengtsson's mouth to stop him from choking on his tongue.
Danton was convicted in a failed murder-for-hire plot in 2004, and wrote on his blog that "one of the luxuries" of his jail stint was to take first-aid classes. He said he had seen similar convulsions by drug users in prison, and that when they "did not (stop) after a couple of minutes, I knew something was wrong."
Bengtsson was later taken to a hospital with a concussion.