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Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, who was bullied in high school by NHL prospect Mitchell Miller, says he saw no evidence that Miller changed his behavior.

In a statement released Wednesday by the Hockey Diversity Alliance, Meyer-Croters, who is black and has a developmental disability, said Miller texted to apologize and say he was doing community service to help young people.

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“I told him, ‘That’s all cool, but where’s the proof?’ He didn’t provide me with any (evidence),” Meyer-Croters said.

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“All the lies I’ve been told from him over the years, I don’t believe what Mitchell told me.”

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The statement came days after the Boston Bruins canceled their entry-level contract offer to Miller, who was originally drafted by Arizona in the 2020 fourth-round draft.

Bruins president Cam Neely said on Monday the team “missed the ball” due to an internal check on the quarterback.

Boston signed Miller on Friday, drawing heavy criticism from Bruins players from the captain. Patrice Bergeron down as well as the Boston fan base.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also weighed in, stating that Miller would not be able to play in the league without major changes.

The offer to Miller was canceled late Sunday night, with Neely saying in a statement that the Bruins consider Miller’s behavior an isolated incident and that the team changed course based on new information, specifically that the team had not spoken to Meyer-Croters or his family. .

In 2016, at the age of 14, Miller pleaded guilty to one count of assault and one count of violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act. He and another teenager were accused of forcing Meyer-Croters to eat a lollipop after wiping it on a bathroom urinal, and surveillance video showed them kicking and punching him.

Meyer-Croters said the violence continued for years.

“Mitchell used to ask me to sit with him on the bus, and then he and his friends would punch me in the head,” Meyer-Croters said. “This happened all the time I was in school.

“When I went to high school, Mitchell spat in my face and called me the word ‘N’. I stopped talking because they called me a snitch and they made fun of me.”

Meyer-Croters said that Miller’s friends continued the bullying after Miller was expelled from school.

“Everyone thought he was cool, but I don’t understand how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your whole life,” Meyer-Croters said.

Meyer-Croters said he recently received racist and offensive messages on social media.

“Mitchell is not my friend. My heart hurts because of what he did to me,” he said. “So I just wanted to tell everyone that when Mitchell says we’re friends, it’s not true.

“I can’t take it anymore.”

Before being drafted by Arizona, Miller sent out letters to all 31 NHL teams admitting what had happened and apologizing for his behavior.

“When I was in eighth grade, I made a very bad decision and acted very immaturely,” Miller said in a statement. “I bullied one of my classmates. I deeply regret this incident and apologize to this person. After this incident, I began to better understand the far-reaching consequences of my actions, which I could not realize and understand almost seven years ago.

The Coyotes chose Miller despite knowing of his 2016 assault conviction. The team parted ways with Miller due to criticism after learning more about his bullying of Meyer-Croters.

NEWARK, New Jersey. Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur has been named executive vice president of hockey operations and received a new multi-year contract extension with the New Jersey Devils.

Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald announced that Brodeur would remain with the organization, having served for the past 2.5 years as an advisor on hockey operations and business.

“Working with Tom’s group over the past few years, I’ve seen firsthand what he and our managing partners, David Blitzer and Josh Harris, are building,” Brodeur said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to help them at a time when we’re moving in the right direction towards consistent, sustainable success.”

The “Devils” started with a score of 10:3 and are in the lead in the metropolitan division. New Jersey last made the playoffs in 2017-18.

Brodeur’s work will include personnel decisions, squad management, deals, player recruitment, scouting and overseeing goalkeeping development.

“Marty has been a huge resource to me during my time as general manager due to his experience, input, vision and connections to the entire hockey world,” Fitzgerald said. “It makes sense to formalize and clarify his roles and responsibilities in the organization.”

Brodeur, 50, was a member of three Stanley Cup champions with New Jersey before retiring in 2015 after six games with the St. Louis Blues. He joined the Blues’ front office before returning to the New Jersey Devils in the 2018–19 season, working in business development.

EDMONTON, Alberta – Forward, Edmonton Oilers Evander Kane will miss three to four months after cutting his left wrist with a skate blade, the team announced Wednesday.

The injury occurred Tuesday night during Edmonton’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Kane tangled up with Lightning defenseman Philip Myers right in Edmonton’s defensive zone and on the ice was cut off by a Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroonskate blade 3:27 in the second period.

Kane was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, the team placed him on long-term injury reserve.

Kane, 31, who signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract with the Oilers in the off-season, has five goals and eight assists in 13 games this season.

“Thank you all for the well wishes and prayers over the past few hours,” Kane said Wednesday in a statement. “Obviously, last night was an extremely scary moment for me, and I am still in a slight shock.

“I would like to thank all the training staff of the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as all the doctors and paramedics who rushed to help heal and restore my injury. I know that without all of you, things would be a lot worse, and I’m truly grateful.”

Oilers said hitters Matthias Yanmark and Klim Kostin were recalled from the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL.

NEW YORK. Montreal Canadiens forward Juraj Slafkowski was suspended by the NHL for two games on Wednesday due to boarding. Matt Luff from the Detroit Red Wings.

The incident occurred in the third period of Montreal’s 3-2 victory over Detroit on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Slafkowski, the first overall pick in the 2022 draft, was found to be in serious and playful misconduct for head-butting Luff with a rear-check.

Slavkovski, who has scored three goals in 10 games this season, will forfeit his $10,270 salary. He will miss Montreal’s Wednesday night game against Vancouver and Saturday’s home game against Pittsburgh.

Slavkovsky is eligible to return when Montreal hosts New Jersey on Tuesday.

TORONTO- Reilly Smith scored his second goal of the game 23 seconds into overtime as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight win.

Jack Achel as well as Nicholas Roy also scored for Vegas, who have won 12 of 14 games this season. William Karlsson there were two transmissions and Logan Thompson stopped 28 shots.

Timothy Lilliegren scored twice and Mitch Marner scored a goal and provided an assist for Toronto, and Eric Kallgren made 16 saves. The Maple Leafs are on a three-game winning streak.

In the extra period, Smith made a breakaway pass off Shea Theodore and backhanded Kallgren for the seventh time of the season.

Vegas ended the season’s two-game streak by also beating Toronto 3-1 at home on October 24.

The Maple Leafs were down 2-1 in the 20th minute, and Kallgren kept them within one in the second period with a breakaway stoppage. Keegan Biker, William Carrier and Smith. Marner then equalized with a great individual effort to get his third of the season with 6:10 left in the period. This extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Toronto took the lead with just over three minutes left when Marner sent Lilliegren a tricky pass and the defenseman got his second win of the game – and second of the season.

Marner put the puck out of play with a delay game early in the third period, but Kallgren bailed out his teammate with a big stop on Chandler Stevenson.

Midway through the period, Toronto were on the powerplay, but Smith scored his sixth goal in a shorthanded 2-on-1 at 8:17 to equalize.

Vegas opened the scoring 45 seconds behind the Leafs guard. Rasmus Sandin turned the puck over at the blue offensive line. Carrier’s subsequent break was stopped by Kallgren, but the puck leaked ahead and the energetic Roy was there to score it for his fourth time.

The Leafs answered at 5:05 when Lilliegren received a signal from david fight to hit him first.

However, after a Liljegren draw, Eichel scored his sixth goal to give the Golden Knights the lead with 2:05 left in the first period.

MURRAY IS COMING

Kallgren was forced to act with both Matt Murray as well as Ilya Samsonov work with trauma. Murray is scheduled to take part in Wednesday’s practice, the first on-ice goaltending practice with the core team since the October 15 groin/abductor injury.

Samsonov carried most of the load with Murray but suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s win over Boston. Toronto Coach Sheldon Keefe said on Tuesday that it is considered weekly.

NEXT

Golden Knights: At Buffalo on Thursday night in the finals of a five-game trip.

Maple Leafs: Pittsburgh on Friday night in the second of three home games.



Source: nhl.nbcsports.com

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