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sport news Canadiens sign defenseman Logan Mailloux to his first NHL deal in spite of ... trends now
sport news Canadiens sign defenseman Logan Mailloux to his first NHL deal in spite of ... trends now

sport news Canadiens sign defenseman Logan Mailloux to his first NHL deal in spite of ... trends now

The Montreal Canadiens received criticism for drafting defenseman Logan Mailloux in the first round after they had knowledge he'd been convicted of a sexual-based crime while playing in Sweden.

On Wednesday, the Canadiens signed the 19-year old Mailloux to his first ever NHL contract - a three year deal carrying an average annual value of $805,000. 

Back in 2020, the then-17 year old Mailloux was investigated for taking photos of a woman performing a sex act which were then circulated among his teammates. Those photos were not taken with the woman's consent and he was fined for defamation and photographic activity constituting an invasion of privacy.

The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenseman Logan Mailloux to his first NHL contract

The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenseman Logan Mailloux to his first NHL contract

A legal advisor for Swedish police told the Athletic that 'a summary punishment by fine has the same legal effect as a guilty verdict, i.e. conviction from a court' in Sweden. 

'This is a decision that we have thought through carefully,' general manager Kent Hughes said in a statement. 

'Having Logan around members of our team and hockey operations staff for a good part of the summer allowed us to gain a greater appreciation of Logan Mailloux the person. 

'He has an opportunity to affect positive change and we will work to support him in any effort towards that goal. Logan recognizes the impact of his gesture and of course, the process continues.' 

Canadiens GM Kent Hughes says Mailloux 'has the opportunity to affect positive change'

Canadiens GM Kent Hughes says Mailloux 'has the opportunity to affect positive change'

After news of the conviction was made public via a report from the Daily Faceoff, Mailloux dropped down the draft boards of a number of teams - with some putting him on their 'no draft lists' in spite of his talent. He was ranked as the 23rd best North American skater in his draft class. 

The family of the woman involved - who was not identified - met with the hockey director of the team Mailloux played for at the time: SK Lejon. Mailloux continued to play for the team in spite of the punishment - a move that was questioned at the time by local press. 

'What happened affected (me) much more than he thinks,' the woman told investigators. 

Mailloux says he's remorseful and regrets his actions when speaking to media this July.

'To her's and the court's wishes, I haven't spoken to her the past two years. But I hope that she does understand that this is something that I live with. I think about it every single day. 

'It's definitely something that I'm

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