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SJHN Daily: Bruins Part Ways with Miller, Joel Ward Among Those Who Spoke Out



Joel Ward, San Jose Sharks
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Joel Ward, along with others in the NHL community, voiced disapproval when the Boston Bruins tried to sign Mitchell Miller.

The 20-year-old defenseman was originally the Arizona Coyotes’ fourth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft, until they forfeited his signing rights three days after the Arizona Republic revealed disturbing stories of Mitchell’s past bullying of a student.

Miller and another student admitted in juvenile court that they tricked Isaiah Meyer-Crothers into licking a candy push pop they had recently wiped on a urinal. This forced Meyer-Crothers to be tested for HIV, hepatitis, and STDs, which all came back negative. Miller also verbally harassed Meyer-Crothers with racist slurs during junior high.

This made the Boston Bruins’ signing of Miller incredibly shocking. Many, including current Bruins players, were upset with the organization’s decision. Even Gary Bettman came out and said that this signing was not vetted by the league.

Former San Jose Sharks forward and current Henderson Silver Knights assistant coach Ward was among those to use social media to voice his concerns:

Miller only recently reached out to Meyer-Crothers via Instagram direct message, numerous years after the bullying took place.

In wake of the public outcry, the organization decided to part ways with Miller last night, just three days after his signing. In a statement regarding the decision, Bruins president Cam Neely apologized on behalf of the franchise: “We are sorry that this decision has overshadowed the incredible work the members of our organization do to support diversity and inclusion efforts.”


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