On Thursday, the Boston Bruins announced the completion of an independent review of the player review process. As a result, the team will implement changes in this process, which came under criticism after the controversial signing of Mitchell Miller earlier this year.
Miller, now 20, was convicted in juvenile court for harassing and bullying a disabled classmate when she was 14. Miller was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2020 NHL Draft, but the team waived his draft rights shortly after public backlash. Details have emerged about Miller bullying a classmate with a developmental disability in his sophomore year.
The Bruins signed Miller for an entry-level contract in November, but.
Following this saga, the Bruins hired the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to review the player review process. Ultimately, the investigation revealed that a Bruins employee “did not abuse” in the process of signing Miller. However, the organization will embrace the changes in hopes of avoiding another situation similar to the one it created with Miller.
Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said the changes will give everyone associated with the team more confidence in the forward-looking player review process.
“The steps we announced today underline our organization’s commitment to our values, including our process of reviewing future players,” said Jacobs. “These improvements, which the team will begin implementing immediately, will help us meet the high standards our partners, fans and community have come to expect from this great organization.”
Some of the changes Bruins will make can be found below.
- Establishing “clear written policies to review off-ice behavior.”
- Establishing responsibilities within the organization to “explore the community or other out-of-office commitments of potentials.”
- Centralization of review documents to include “red flags and off-ice issues”.
- Establish a “monitoring system to ensure that responsibilities are clearly assigned and tracked for all review tasks”.
- Using “independent third-party resources to research and resolve factual issues while reviewing red flags”.
- Determining “whether there are specific training or rehabilitation programs that the prospect should attend, depending on the nature of the red flags.”
As the team part ways with Miller, Frank Seravlalli of Bally Sports He reported that Miller still has a contract with the Bruins. and has earned a total of $116,000 since Nov.