OTTAWA — In Canada, it's never a good idea to stretch the truth about hockey.
That's a lesson Prime Minister Stephen Harper's newest top court justice learned the hard way.
On Wednesday, Marc Nadon told an ad hoc committee of MPs, who were vetting his nomination for the Supreme Court, that he'd been drafted to the Detroit Red Wings at 14.
Turns out, not quite.
Hockey blogger Stephen Smith was the first to trawl through hockey databases and find no record of Nadon being drafted by the Motor City team.
On Thursday, the 64-year-old admitted to Huffington Post Canada that he'd used the word "drafted" loosely during his testimony.
Instead, he said, his father, who played for the American Hockey League in the 1930s, told him that he would be part of the Red Wings organization.
At 16, Nadon dropped his pro-hockey dreams and to hit the textbooks instead.
Harper confirmed Nadon's appointment to the bench Thursday.