Logan Mailloux breaks the silence
For the first time since being selected in the first round of the 2021 amateur auction by the Montreal Canadiens, defender Logan Mailloux spoke with journalists during a press briefing held Tuesday in Brossard, on the sidelines of the development camp. of the team.
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The story of the 19-year-old hockey player is known and has been widely publicized, with many observers criticizing the Habs’ decision to draft him despite the player’s own recommendations not to proceed in this direction. He found himself at the center of many debates in the media and social networks, he who shared without his consent photos of a young woman with whom he had sex in Sweden. The man who had to face the courts of this country and then serve a suspension in the Ontario Junior League, now says he has learned from his mistakes and is ready to look forward, not back.
« If I could, I would change everything I’ve done, that’s 100% sure, » he said. I have really changed as a person and as a human being over the past year. I learned a lot. I was not educated enough and there, I think I am. […] The education I received is amazing. I matured very quickly. I was going a long way. »
« I stand by what I said. [concernant son repêchage] at that time: I did not deserve this right, but I was and still am grateful and humbled to get this chance from the organization. […] I want to become a Montreal Canadiens player one day.
Since his arrival in the blue-white-red fold, the Ontario back has been at the heart of the turmoil. While National League commissioner Gary Bettman said he was « stunned » by the prospect’s selection, club owner Geoff Molson admitted his own lack of judgment in the matter.
Aware that the presence of Mailloux in his ranks did not please everyone, the Canadian had reacted last summer by creating the action plan « Respect and consent » whose starting fund was $ 1 million. This initiative aims to contribute to the awareness and the fight against cyber sexual violence.
Also, it seems that the Montreal organization has not deviated from its plan since that time. Mailloux, for his part, followed therapy during the last junior season, but that did not prevent the Canadiens from holding a seminar for the participants of his current camp. Thus, they were entitled to training from the Respect Group on, in particular, consent, intimidation, abuse and discrimination, in the presence of the company’s founder, former player Sheldon Kennedy, and a few speakers.
« I think about it every day. It will stay with me, just like the victim must think about it every day,” admitted Mailloux, who said he regretted his actions.
Nevertheless, this one has the benefit of the doubt of the team, until proven otherwise.
“If we judged that he had not done the necessary work, he would not be here today”, thus issued Rob Ramage, director of player development for CH.