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Arizona Coyotes Renounce The Rights To Mitchell Miller

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the club has renounced the rights to Mitchell Miller. Miller was selected by the Coyotes in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft.

“We have decided to renounce the rights to Mitchell Miller, effective immediately,” said Coyotes’ President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez. “Prior to selecting Mitchell in the NHL Draft, we were aware that a bullying incident took place in 2016. We do not condone this type of behavior but embraced this as a teachable moment to work with Mitchell to make him accountable for his actions and provide him with an opportunity to be a leader on anti-bullying and anti-racism efforts. We have learned more about the entire matter, and more importantly, the impact it has had on Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. What we learned does not align with the core values and vision for our organization and leads to our decision to renounce our draft rights. On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes ownership and our entire organization, I would like to apologize to Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. We are building a model franchise on and off the ice and will do the right thing for Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family, our fans and our partners. Mr. Miller is now a free agent and can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere.”

“I fully support our decision to renounce Mitchell Miller’s draft rights,” said Coyotes’ General Manager Bill Armstrong. “It was a unique situation for me not being able to participate in this year’s Draft and we were going through a transition with our scouting department. Mitchell is a good hockey player, but we need to do the right thing as an organization and not just as a hockey team. I’d like to apologize to Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family for everything they have dealt with the past few months. I wish them all the best in the future.”

The Coyotes top priority is to be a leader on diversity, inclusion and equity and the club will continue to work with numerous local organizations including Best Buddies, One Step Beyond and the American Special Hockey Association to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, the Coyotes and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation will look to partner with local non-profit organizations fighting bullying and racism.

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The Meal's avatar

That is one snake-bit club.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 10/29/20 at 01:49 PM ET

Paul's avatar

As Craig Custance just pointed out, their highest pick in this year’s draft was a 5th rounder.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/29/20 at 01:50 PM ET

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This was the right move.

But I wonder whose judgment it was
that this pick would be no big deal.
How detailed a review their scouting and
front office did of this abusive bullying.

I know the new GM wasn’t supposed to be involved.
But I’d think an exception could be made for scratching a guy
from the list. Maybe Armstrong didn’t know the player.
Maybe no one in Arizona went out of their way to clear the pick higher up.

If at least 1/3 of teams ruled this player out entirely in advance I’m sure
many GMs had to be informed and either make or approve that call.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/29/20 at 02:56 PM ET

SYF's avatar

If at least 1/3 of teams ruled this player out entirely in advance I’m sure
many GMs had to be informed and either make or approve that call.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/29/20 at 03:56 PM ET

This.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/29/20 at 05:42 PM ET

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Broad Street “Bully”?

j/k

With the publicity surrounding him I doubt he gets offered a chance at the next level unless he takes initiative to show that he has changed as a person.

Posted by evileye on 10/30/20 at 08:56 AM ET

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With the publicity surrounding him I doubt he gets offered a chance at the next level unless he takes initiative to show that he has changed as a person.

Posted by evileye on 10/30/20 at 09:56 AM ET

Like an actual in-person meeting with Isaiah Meyer-Crothers and family along with the HDA and other diversity community groups in offering a truly remorseful contrition.  The full public police report on Craig Harris’ Twitter feed.  There are four of those tweets provided by Harris.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/30/20 at 10:17 PM ET

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