The Montreal Canadiens shocked the remainder of the NHL on Friday evening by taking Logan Mailloux with the second-to-last decide within the first spherical of the draft.
Mailloux, who was criminally convicted in Sweden final 12 months for sharing an express picture of a girl performing a intercourse act with out her consent, requested groups to not choose him. A participant can not take away himself from the draft.
“We’ll work carefully with him and provides him the help he wants,” basic supervisor Marc Bergevin stated. “I do know he’s been remorseful in regards to the incident, which we actually don’t agree with it in all sense of the world, however he’s a younger man who made a severe mistake of judgment and we actually should work with him. We did discuss to him, and he’s absolutely conscious of that and he’s very remorseful, so that may be a large step.”
Mailloux stated in a social media assertion this week, “I don’t really feel I’ve demonstrated robust sufficient maturity or character” to be drafted this 12 months. Bergevin made it clear Mailloux, 18, was eligible to be taken.
“We perceive, and we’re absolutely conscious and we as a corporation (consider) it’s very unacceptable, but additionally it’s a younger man that made a horrible mistake,” Bergevin stated. “He’s remorseful and he has plenty of work to do, however he already began to place it behind him and have a hockey profession.”
In a ready assertion he learn earlier than taking questions, Bergevin stated the Canadiens “not solely chosen a promising hockey participant, but additionally a younger man who just lately admitted to creating a severe mistake” and “on no account decrease the severity of Logan’s actions.”
Bergevin stated the Canadiens are dedicated to serving to Mailloux by “offering him with the instruments to mature and the mandatory help to information him in his improvement.”