The Montreal Canadiens have signed controversial 2021 first-round pick Logan Mail to a three-year entry-level contract. team announced Wednesday.
The 19-year-old blueliner, who played just 12 games for the OHL’s London Knights last season, was charged and fined under Swedish law for taking photos of himself and a girlfriend without her consent during an “intimate moment” and then sharing this photo with his teammates “to impress them”.
Mail, who was 17 at the time, took an offensive photo of the 18-year-old victim, who did not know she was being photographed. The photo, along with the victim’s online profile, was then shared with SK Lejon teammates Milu. Maila was charged with defamation and an “offensive photograph” and was ordered to pay SEK 14,300 – approximately CAD 2,077.
“This is a decision that we have carefully considered. Having Logan among our team members and hockey operations staff for most of the summer allowed us to better understand Logan Mila as a person,” said the Canadiens. General Manager Kent Hughes said in a press release Wednesday after Milu signed an entry-level contract.
“He has the ability to influence positive change and we will work to support him in any effort to achieve that goal. Logan is aware of the impact of his gesture and of course the process continues,” added Hughes.
Just days before the July 2021 NHL Entry Draft, Mailu, who took 23rd place at the time on the North American Skaters roster, Central Scouting released a statement asking teams not to select him this year.
“Being called up to the NHL is an honor and a privilege that no one takes lightly,” Mailou wrote in a Twitter statement. “The NHL Draft should be one of the most exciting and iconic moments in a player’s career and, given the circumstances, I don’t feel like I’ve shown enough maturity or character to merit that privilege in the 2021 draft,” he wrote.
Despite this request — and several teams reportedly placed Myla on their no-draft lists — the Canadiens and former general manager Mark Bergevin still used a late first-round pick for the battle blue liner, selecting him 31st overall. overall standings.
canadiens published the following statement after a controversial choice:
“By selecting Logan Milu prospect 31 overall, the Montreal Canadiens selected not only a promising hockey player, but also a young man who recently confessed to a serious mistake.
The Canadiens are aware of the situation and in no way downplay the gravity of Logan’s actions. Logan understands the consequences of his actions. His recent public statement is a sincere acknowledgment of his bad behavior and the first step in his personal journey.
“We are committed to accompanying Logan on his journey, providing him with the tools to grow up and the support he needs to guide him in his development. We are also committed to raising our players’ awareness of the consequences of their actions on the lives of others.”
The hockey world at large roasted the Canadiens for the pick, as did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he was “deeply disappointed” by the “lack of judgment” shown by the Canadiens organization.
Mailu was also suspended from OHL for four months in connection with the incident for “violating the league’s expectations of proper player behavior”. He was reinstated last January and ended the 2021/22 junior season in London.
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