London Knights defenseman Logan Mailloux has asked teams not to select him in the 2021 NHL Draft after blowback from a 2020 conviction in Sweden for taking and circulating a photo of a woman performing a sex act without her consent.
“The NHL Draft should be one of the most exciting landmark moments in a player’s career, and given the circumstances I don’t feel I have shown strong enough maturity or character to earn that privilege in the 2021 Draft,” Mailloux wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I feel that this would allow me the opportunity to demonstrate an adequate level of maturity and character next season and provide all the NHL teams the opportunity to reassess my character towards the 2022 NHL Draft.”
While on loan to Sweden’s SK Lejon, the 18-year-old London Knights defenseman received a fine for “Kränkande fotografering” (offensive photography constituting an invasion of privacy) and “Förtal” (defamation). The incident happened on Nov. 7, 2020 in the northern Swedish town of Skelleftea, according to The Daily Faceoff.
“I do not think that [Mailloux] has understood the seriousness of his behavior. All I wanted was a heartfelt apology for his behavior,” the woman wrote to The Athletic in an email. She added that while she did receive an apology via text message, it was “no longer than three sentences.”
According to The Athletic, 11 NHL teams have removed Mailloux from their draft boards prior to his withdrawal and The Daily Faceoff reports that 26 of 32 NHL teams asked him about the incident. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked 23rd among North American skaters, while TSN’s Bob McKenzie ranked him the No. 35 prospect in the NHL Draft.
“[Mailloux] says that I want to ruin his career. I have never said that. All I have wanted is to get justice for the actions he has taken against me,” the woman said. “If his actions ruin his career, it’s up to him. It’s not my fault.”
Mailloux plans on returning to the London Knights. The team issued a statement Saturday stating they have been made aware of the incident and “are working with [Mailloux], ensuring that he is accessing the supports that are in place to help him better understand his actions, the ramifications of his actions and ensuring that this does not happen again. The team and the [Ontario Hockey] League will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
OHL Commissioner David Branch added, “The League is aware of the troubling incident involving Logan Mailloux that occurred when he was on loan and playing in Sweden. In terms of the coming season, we are in touch with the London Knights and we will continue to keep a close eye on the situation.”