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Prime minister rips Canadiens for drafting scandal-hit London player

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‘I’m deeply disappointed by the decision’

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Jul 27, 2021  •  6 hours ago  •  2 minute read  •  68 Comments Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the unusual step of criticizing a professional sports team when he weighed in on the Montreal Canadiens' selection of scandal-hit London Knights prospect Logan Mailloux. (File photos) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the unusual step of criticizing a professional sports team when he weighed in on the Montreal Canadiens’ selection of scandal-hit London Knights prospect Logan Mailloux. (File photos)

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MONTREAL – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the unusual step Tuesday of criticizing a professional sports team when he weighed in on the Montreal Canadiens’ selection of scandal-hit London Knights prospect Logan Mailloux.

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Trudeau said the selection near the end of the first round of last weekend’s NHL draft – arguably the most controversial pick in draft history – showed a lack of judgment from the organization.

“As a lifelong Habs fan, I have to say, I’m deeply disappointed by the decision. I think they have a lot of explaining to do to Montrealers and to fans right across the country,” he said on Tuesday.

Mailloux, 18, asked not to be selected the NHL draft after acknowledging he was fined this winter while playing pro hockey in Sweden during the OHL-scuttling pandemic for sharing with teammates the intimate image of a woman without her consent.

The team drafted him anyway, 31st overall. Canadiens officials have indicated other NHL clubs were prepared to select Mailloux, who grew up near Windsor, in the second round.

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