OHL suspends controversial Canadiens draft pick Logan Mailloux

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TORONTO —The Ontario Hockey League has suspended Montreal Canadiens first-round draft pick Logan Mailloux indefinitely for violating the league's expectation for appropriate conduct by a player.

The league announced the move in a release Thursday, saying the punishment relates to an incident that took place while the London Knights defenceman was on loan to SK Lejon in Sweden in November 2020.

Mailloux has previously said he "deeply regrets'' taking a photo of himself and a young woman without consent during an "intimate moment'' and then sharing that photo with his teammates "to impress them.''

The act resulted in the 18-year-old being charged and fined under Swedish law. The OHL says Mailloux can apply for reinstatement to the league on Jan. 1, 2022 and a decision about his reinstatement will be made based on his conduct and what treatment, counselling, mentoring or education he has received.

Days before the NHL Draft Mailloux posted a statement on Twitter asking teams not to pick him this year but the Montreal Canadiens defied the request and selected the 6'3", 213-lbs. defenceman 31st overall, with general manager Marc Bergevin defending the move to reporters shortly after the selection.

— The Canadian Press.