Montreal Canadiens’ first-round pick Logan Mailloux won’t be starting the year with the London Knights after all. The OHL has handed Mailloux an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s “expectation of the appropriate conduct of an OHL player.” He can apply for reinstatement to the league on or after January 1, 2022 and a decision on his reinstatement will be based in part on his conduct since returning to Canada, the appropriate treatment, counseling, mentoring, and or education he receives from the date of today’s decision.
Mailloux, 18, was charged with taking and distributing an offensive photo without consent during a sexual encounter last year while playing in Sweden. He attempted to renounce himself from the 2021 NHL Draft, issuing a statement asking all 32 teams to not select him, but the Canadiens used the 31st overall pick on him anyway.
At the time, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin released a statement explaining that though they were aware of the situation, the team would make “a commitment to accompany Logan on his journey by providing him with the tools to mature and the necessary support to guide him in his development.”
When Mailloux attempted to renounce himself from the draft, he indicated in a statement that he wanted to return to London and play a season with the Knights while demonstrating “an adequate level of maturity and character.” He will no longer get that chance, at least through the end of the calendar year.