Cowan: Canadiens drafting Mailloux ‘reflects deep insensitivity’: expert

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“The damage that’s done is very, very significant,” West Virginia University’s Dr. Walter S. DeKeseredy says. “This woman’s decimated.”

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

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Jul 26, 2021  •  2 hours ago  •  4 minute read  •  17 Comments

Canadiens first-round draft pick Logan Mailloux during London Knights in London, Ont., on Sept. 4, 2019. Photo by Derek Ruttan /Derek Ruttan/London Free Press Article content

Dr. Walter S. DeKeseredy became a huge Canadiens fan as a young boy living in Hudson.

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His family moved to Toronto when he was 8, but the now 62-year old had remained a lifelong fan of the Canadiens. That was until they selected 18-year-old defenceman Logan Mailloux with their first-round pick (31st overall) at the NHL Draft on Friday.

Mailloux released a statement last Tuesday saying he had renounced himself from this year’s draft, adding he didn’t deserve the honour or privilege of being selected after secretly photographing an 18-year-old woman engaged in a sexual act with him while in Sweden last year and sharing the picture and her identity with his SK Lejon teammates. Mailloux was charged with defamation and offensive photography and was fined approximately US$1,650.

The Canadiens still decided to draft Mailloux with GM Marc Bergevin saying: “From the players…

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