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A Letter From Geoff Molson

MONTREAL - Canadiens Owner, President and CEO, Geoff Molson, has issued the following letter on the team's decision to draft Logan Mailloux.

Message to everyone impacted by our decision:

I want to share with you my perspective on our decision to select Logan Mailloux in the 2021 NHL Draft. This decision, made in the context of the Draft, turned out to be instantaneously very offensive to many of you.

I understand that you expect more from us and we let you down. The Montreal Canadiens are more than a hockey team. Logan's actions do not reflect the values of our organization and I apologize for the pain this selection has caused.

First and foremost, regarding the young woman who is the victim, I want to say that we do not minimize what she has had to, and continues to have to, live through. No one, especially not an 18-year-old, should have to suffer through a traumatic experience like this. We are there to support her and her family and respect their privacy.

Our selection of Logan was never intended to be disrespectful towards her or her family, or more generally towards women or other victims of similar situations. Our decision was not intended, in any shape or form, to be an endorsement of the culture of violence against women. 

Logan is a young man who committed a serious transgression. He is genuinely remorseful about the pain he has caused. He is committed to becoming a better person and we will work with him through this process. 

At this stage, it is only our actions that will speak louder than our words.

1. Over the course of the next few months, we will develop in conjunction with local experts, a comprehensive plan to raise awareness and educate young men and young women about this serious issue. We will use our platform and our resources to turn a decision that hurt many people into one that brings meaningful and impactful change.

2. We will support and oversee Logan's commitment to becoming a better person.

3. We have asked Logan not to participate in our rookie or main training camp this fall. Being a player in the NHL is a privilege that is earned - not a right that is granted. As the year progresses, we will reassess Logan's readiness to be part of our organization.

We gave Logan a second chance but in doing so, we failed to properly assess the impact of our decision on the victim and on anyone who have suffered in similar circumstances. Once again, I want to apologize to everyone impacted by our decision.

I repeat, our actions will speak louder than our words. We will work to continue proving we are an organization this community and our fans can be proud of.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone that provided their feedback on this situation, including our partners and sponsors, so that this mistake becomes an opportunity to grow and raise awareness.

Geoff Molson
Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer
Groupe CH

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ilovehomers's avatar

3. We have asked Logan not to participate in our rookie or main training camp this fall. Being a player in the NHL is a privilege that is earned - not a right that is granted. As the year progresses, we will reassess Logan’s readiness to be part of our organization.

That does absolutely nothing but hurt his development. Its not going to make anyone feel better about him being drafted.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/28/21 at 01:12 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

@ilove, it also gives MTL a year or so for this to “cool off” and be forgotten about by some.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/28/21 at 01:28 PM ET

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It seems to me that alot of people (especially in Canada) are seriously overreacting to the actual event that happened.  Do they realize that the sex was CONSENSUAL?!
Showing the pic around was douchey for sure, but it’s also not a death sentence.

Posted by pnwwing on 07/28/21 at 01:42 PM ET

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Montreal is way past taking the year to “cool off.” And some people will never forgive him and never let it go.

You’ve taken the plunge, and you aren’t taking it back ala Phoenix. Make your statement and invest in the kid.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/28/21 at 02:04 PM ET

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Make your statement and invest in the kid.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/28/21 at 02:04 PM ET

This is where i’m at. The kid said he did something bad, and to stay away, and they drafted him anyway. You stepped in the shit, now own it. You want him to become a better person? Put together your education and awareness program and have him be the face of it. Send him on his apology tour, let him take his lumps and then build him back up better. Until he shows remorse and growth he’ll be a pariah.

This bullshit purgatory plan isn’t gonna cut it. Either cut him loose or do the work it’s going to take to rehab him.

Posted by MZ2215 on 07/28/21 at 02:18 PM ET

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What this KID did was entirely eff’ed up, but honestly is he going to pay for this his entire life? There is zero room, according to some in society, for atonement and mental growth/development. You screw up once, and everything is gone with no way possible to make amends. Again, what he did was awful. The young woman is a daughter and if she was my family, I would release the hounds on this kid. He said “don’t draft me. I need time to grow up and learn from my STUPID decisions” and the Habs drafted him anyway. I don’t think it’s a write-off of what he did. They addressed it too. I’m not sure what the shelf life on boneheaded mistakes are. I mean is this guy just supposed to vanish from the face of the earth? The cognitive development of a 17 year old is still not complete. So while they may have skills to regulate their impulses, they may still behave recklessly at times. That’s not an excuse, that’s a scientific fact.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/28/21 at 04:04 PM ET

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