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Sports Logan Mailloux was surprised Canadiens decided to draft him

20:52  24 july  2021
20:52  24 july  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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The morning after being unexpectedly selected by the Canadiens in the first round of the NHL Draft, Logan Mailloux spoke with the media on a Zoom conference Saturday.

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The 18-year-old defenceman with the London Knights had asked that no NHL teams draft him this year after he had shown teammates a photo of himself engaged in a sexual act with an 18-year-old woman last year while playing for SK Lejon in Sweden. Mailloux was 17 at the time and the photo was taken without the woman’s consent. Mailloux was ultimately charged with defamation and offensive photography in Sweden and was fined approximately US$1,650.

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Mailloux started his Zoom conference by reading a prepared statement in English and then French.

“During an intimate moment with a young woman, I took a picture of us without her consent,” said Mailloux, who is from Belle River, Ont. “I sent it to my teammates to impress them. It was totally irresponsible and a stupid act that I committed without thinking twice. For that lack of judgment on my part, I was fined by Swedish law. I know I caused a lot of harm to this person and their family and I regret doing this stupid and egotistical act. I deeply regret it. What I did now is unfortunately a part of both her life and mine. I have apologized to her but, nonetheless, this will follow her for the rest of her life and for that I deeply and sincerely regret it.

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“I know I had said that I did not want to be drafted this year,” he added. “As a young man who wants to become a better person I feel that being accompanied by the Montreal Canadiens organization will help me greatly. They have committed to help me grow as a person and I thank them for this. I have already started my personal journey as I am participating in professional counselling. I thank them for believing in me and giving me a second chance. I promise to not let anybody down. I want to use my personal story to be a part of the solution moving forward.”

Mailloux said he had multiple meetings with the Canadiens throughout the last year but had not spoken with anyone from the team since releasing the statement on Tuesday that he was renouncing himself from this year’s draft. Mailloux didn’t believe he had demonstrated strong enough maturity or character to earn the privilege of being selected.

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The Canadiens drafted Mailloux anyways and he was surprised when he heard Bergevin announce his name with the 31st overall pick Friday night.

The woman Mailloux photographed engaged in a sexual act told The Athletic before the draft that all she was looking for was a “heartfelt apology” and she didn’t believe she received one.

“I do not think that Logan has understood the seriousness of his behaviour,” she told The Athletic.

“At this point I just hope that she does know that I am sincere about this,” Mailloux said Saturday. “I am really sorry. It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever done and I know that it impacted her life and I just hope that she knows how remorseful I feel and that I did feel sorry about it.

“I have apologized to her multiple times and I do hope that she does know how remorseful and how sorry I do feel about this whole situation,” he added.

Mailloux decided to play in Sweden after the OHL was shut down for the year because of COVID-19. In 19 games with SK Lejon Mailloux had 7-8-15 totals and was minus-14. In 48 games with the Junior B London Nationals in 2019-20, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound defenceman had 18-51-69 totals and 94 penalty minutes. Mailloux was pointless in four games with the OHL’s Knights in 2019-20. He is expected to play for the Knights next season.

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Mailloux was ranked 23rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

“Just on the hockey side, we saw players who were picked before him — we’re only talking about the hockey side right now — he was a step ahead of them,” Bergevin said after selecting Mailloux. “And from the players available — just from the hockey side — he was the best pick, from the hockey side.”

Bergevin and the Canadiens were obviously willing to let the “hockey side” outweigh everything else when it came to selecting Mailloux.

When asked about his reaction to being drafted, Mailloux said: “I think being in Montreal is definitely going to be big for me. I think being such a storied franchise as they are I think they know what they’re doing. They’re going to be able to help me along my journey here of bettering myself as a person and my character and I definitely think just being in Montreal is something that’s going to be able to help me in the short term and long term.

“I hope the fans there do learn to accept me and I do feel remorseful and I hope that not only the girl but the whole fan base knows that as well,” he added. “This was a stupid mistake that I made, an amateur mistake, and I think being in Montreal at the same time is going to be very good for me personally on a personal standpoint for my development as a character.”

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