Yeah, this again. Mitchell Miller is back in the news after he was re-signed by his USHL team, the Tri-City Storm. Miller played for the team two seasons ago and had his coach, Anthony Noreen, butter him up to NHL teams before that summer’s draft.
In the press conference, Miller called his bullying conviction an “inconvenience” to the team, which tells you everything you need to know about whether he’s learned a damn thing or not. He apologized to his team for being a distraction, meanwhile he has not even given the court-ordered apology to the victim, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, for his actions.
Let me repeat: Mitchell Miller has apologized to everyone he hopes to profit from, but not to the one person he hurt and caused so much suffering to.
After the signing Wednesday, Joni Meyer-Crothers told The Athletic that her family has not received an apology from Miller, who was court-ordered to give a written apology.
“We still have no apology, so they can say anything (they want),” she said. “But until he actually is remorseful, we stick to how we feel: It’s between him and God. - The Athletic
The Athletic: USHL’s Tri-City Storm sign defenseman Mitchell Miller, the former #NHL prospect convicted of bullying while an Ohio high schooler.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) August 25, 2021
“Until he actually is remorseful, we stick to how we feel: It’s between him and God.” - victim’s motherhttps://t.co/Gw0D9qoVdl pic.twitter.com/dXr802ga8C
So wait, he had a chance to write an apology letter to every single NHL team prior to the Draft, but was “unable” to reach out to the victim? I call BS. https://t.co/mEUozqVylf— Alison (@AlisonL) August 25, 2021
I’m probably going to have people come after me for saying I’m ruining the “kid’s” career. This is not cancel culture, this is stating the facts that this person is not remorseful for his actions, that he is not sorry for what he did, only that it put back his own career.
Miller, who is almost 20 years old now, has had five years to apologize to the victim for his actions and he has not done so once. He claims there is a loophole that he is not allowed to speak to the victim anymore, but that does not apply when it comes to the court-ordered written apology he was supposed to give Isaiah Meyer-Crothers.
Being sorry for getting caught is not the same as being sorry for doing the crime. What Miller did was a crime and he is doing everything he can to not have to apologize for it.
And hockey, namely the Tri-City Storm and Anthony Noreen, are doing everything they can to enable him.
“What I did when I was 14 years old…”— Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) August 25, 2021
Miller has consistently included his age in all of his public statements/interviews to this point. It is intentional. It’s language that attempts to excuse, not take ownership. And it signals that he has not truly learned from his actions. https://t.co/EGDYWV67EG
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2021 Top 25 Under 25: Ty Voit is #18 | by: Brigstew
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Editor’s note: I think the Alumni association is a great organization, and the true and natural home of Glenn Healy who has done a wonderful job. They have recognized and tried to deal with the huge problem of mental health in retired and retiring NHL players. They understand, as we all should too, that money isn’t the cure of all ills. And that players struggle with the transition out of the game in their 30s.
It is ok to not be ok. This applies to all of us.
To our #NHLAlumni family,— NHL Alumni (@NHLAlumni) August 25, 2021
If you or a family member are in need of help, don’t hesitate to contact us for confidential assistance.
It’s ok to not be ok.
We are all on one TEAM and together, we can make tomorrow better than today. pic.twitter.com/zZI03VZaCw
The Newfoundland Growlers have signed a three-year lease with Mile One Arena to stay in St. Johns for the time being. With an election coming up, a big platform is finding a solution to the obvious Mile One Arena management problem. The city nearly lost its two biggest vendors and two key parts of the sport fabric of the town. The fall-out from this over the coming years will be very interesting to watch. [St. Johns News]
p.s. we have a bunch of players signed. we will tell you about them soon.— Newfoundland Growlers (@NLGrowlers) August 25, 2021
but for now, join our tickets WAITLIST!https://t.co/9akvp20BlN
Marie-Philip Poulin took a puck to the neck during Monday’s World Championship group stage game and was forced to leave the game. She’s now expected to miss the last game of the group stage against the US, but it’s most likely she’ll be there if/when Canada faces the US in the finals. Tonight’s match at 6pm should should still be a good one. Canada has a chance to finish on top of all the teams in Group A.
Gina Kingsbury, who runs Canada's senior women's hockey team, says in a brief media statement on Zoom that captain Marie-Philip Poulin will have a few days off after taking a puck to the neck yesterday…to me, that implies Poulin will not dress vs the United States tomorrow.— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) August 25, 2021
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Derick Brassard to a one-year contract worth $825k.