On Thursday, the Boston Bruins introduced that the impartial evaluation of their player-vetting course of had been accomplished. As a end result, the staff will implement modifications to that course of, which got here underneath hearth after the controversial signing of Mitchell Miller earlier this yr.
Miller, now 20 years previous, was convicted in juvenile courtroom of abusing and bullying a disabled classmate when he was 14. Miller was chosen by the Arizona Coyotes within the 2020 NHL Draft, however the staff renounced the draft rights to him shortly after public outcry ensued over particulars of Miller bullying a developmentally disabled classmate from the time he was within the second grade.
The Bruins signed Miller to an entry-level contract in November however rapidly parted methods with the defenseman after a public backlash.
In the wake of that saga, the Bruins employed the legislation agency Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to conduct a evaluation of the player-vetting course of. Ultimately, the evaluation discovered that there was “no misconduct” by a Bruins worker within the technique of signing Miller. However, the group will undertake modifications in hopes of avoiding one other scenario just like the one it created with Miller.
Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs stated the modifications will permit everybody related to the staff to have extra confidence within the player-vetting course of transferring ahead.
“The steps we’re asserting right now underscore our group’s dedication to our values, together with our course of for vetting future gamers,” Jacobs stated. “These enhancements, which the staff will start implementing instantly, will assist be sure that we’re assembly the excessive requirements our associates, followers and group count on from this nice group.”
Some of the modifications that the Bruins will make may be discovered under.
Creating “clear written insurance policies for vetting off-ice conduct.”Establishing tasks throughout the group to “examine prospects’ group or different off-ice commitments.”Centralizing documentation of vetting to incorporate “crimson flags and off-ice points.”Creating a “monitoring system to make sure tasks for all vetting duties are clearly assigned and tracked.”Using “impartial third-party assets to research and resolve factual points when reviewing crimson flags.”Determining “whether or not there are particular coaching or rehabilitation applications the prospect ought to take part in relying on the character of the crimson flags.”
While the staff has parted methods with Miller, Bally Sports’ Frank Seravlalli reported that Miller continues to be underneath contract with the Bruins and has made a complete of $116,000 since Nov. 4.
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