2021 NHL Draft: Canadiens select admitted sex offender Logan Mailloux in first round
The Canadians used their first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft against a player who admitted to sexual misconduct in Sweden last year.
Montreal selected London Knights defenseman Logan Mailloux with the 31st overall pick. Mailloux, 18, was fined by a Swedish court last December for having a woman photographed without her consent while performing a sexual act and then circulating the image among her teammates. Mailloux was playing in Sweden while on loan from the Knights.
His actions prompted more than 10 teams to remove Mailloux from their draft tables, reported The Athletic, and Mailloux said in a statement this week he was giving up this year’s draft, which meant nothing as he remained draft-eligible, according to the NHL. He told the Daily Faceoff that he made a “stupid, childish mistake” with his actions.
The Canadiens, in anticipation of the backlash from the hockey world, released a statement minutes after making the selection:
“By drafting hope Logan Mailloux with the 31st overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens organization not only selected a promising hockey player, but also a young man who recently admitted to having made a serious mistake. Canadians are aware of the situation and in no way minimize the seriousness of Logan’s actions. Logan understands the impact of his actions. His recent public statement is a real recognition of his bad behavior and the first step in his personal journey.
We are committed to supporting Logan on his journey by providing him with the tools to mature and the support necessary to guide him in his development. We are also committed to educating our players about the impact their actions have on the lives of others. “
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told reporters the organization will work with and support Mailloux to ensure nothing like this happens again.
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“We understand and are fully aware of this and as an organization this is very unacceptable, but he is also a young man who made a terrible mistake,” said Bergevin. “He’s (18) and he’s willing and he understands and he’s remorseful and he’s got a lot of work to do, but he’s already started to put that behind him and have a hockey career.
The victim, however, told The Athletic for a story this week that Mailloux did not appear sincere during multiple apology attempts.
“All I wanted was a sincere apology for his behavior,” she told The Athletic.
Canadians face a separate public relations problem with Bergevin. He was director of player personnel for the Blackhawks in 2010 when allegations of sexual assault were made against then video coach Brad Aldrich. Bergevin told reporters ahead of the Stanley Cup final that he was unaware of the alleged activity or of an organizational team meeting to discuss Aldrich.
“It came out recently, there was a meeting that I heard about that was held in Chicago, I did not participate in any meeting and I did not participate in any decision based on that,” Bergevin told reporters. “And I didn’t know anything at the time. So you can record it.”
Aldrich left the organization shortly after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010. a former Blackhawks player is now suing the team, alleging that Aldrich assaulted him and another player during the playoffs that year. The ex-player is claiming more than $ 150,000 in damages.