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Defenceman had renounced himself from draft after showing photo taken without consent to teammates of him and a woman engaged in sexual act.
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Stu Cowan • Montreal Gazette
Jul 24, 2021 • 29 minutes ago • 5 minute read • 49 Comments
Sportsnet NHL Draft analyst Sam Cosentino called the Canadiens’ decision to select Logan Mailloux in the first round “the most polarizing pick I’ve ever seen … maybe in the history of the draft.” Photo by Bruce Bennett /Getty Images Article content
Logan Mailloux said he didn’t want to be selected at this year’s NHL Draft.
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Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin decided not to listen.
The Canadiens selected the 6-foot-3, 212-pound London Knights defenceman with their first-round pick (31st overall) at the NHL Draft Friday night.
The 18-year-old Mailloux had renounced himself from the draft this week after paying a fine for an offence of a sexual nature in Sweden last year, which had NHL teams vowing not to select him this weekend.
Bergevin picked him anyways.
“Being drafted into the NHL is an honour and a privilege that no one takes lightly,” Mailloux said in a statement released on social media before the draft. “The NHL draft should be one of the most exciting landmark moments…