Disgraced NHL draft pick Mitch Miller finally finds a team to join

The former Coyotes draft pick who was dumped after abusing a disabled classmate, finds a new home.


According to a report from Sportsnet NHL broadcaster Jeff Marek, former Arizona Coyotes draft choice Mitchell Miller has finally found a team to continue his hockey career with... his former team, in fact, the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.

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Miller put up eight goals and 33 points with the Storm in the 2019-20 season prior to being drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Of course, the Coyotes rescinded their selection of Miller after confirmed stories of his past came to light. In 2016, Miller and a fellow classmate were found guilty in an Ohio juvenile court on charges of assault after forcing a developmentally disable classmate to eat a piece of candy that they had wiped inside a urinal. They were also accused of kicking and punching the classmate.

A further expose from the Arizona Republic exposed the faced that Miller also frequently used racist language toward the victim, who is African American. The victim and his mother made several public statements claiming that they don't feel Miller was remorseful for his actions and that he never apologized for what he had done. By all accounts, Miller turned the entire scandal into a bit of a pity party for himself. A juvenile court ruled that Miller had no remorse for his actions and that he seemed more concerned with his damaged reputation than with the damage he inflicted on the victim.

As you might imagine, the Coyotes came under considerable criticism for drafting Miller, especially after it was revealed that the team had full knowledge of his history when they selected him. The public backlash ended with the Coyotes relinquishing his rights and with the University of North Dakota (NCAA) dropping him from their program. He sat the entire 2020-21 season out, having never found a team that would welcome him. Now it appears though that his former team is giving him a fresh start.

It's my personal opinion that this kid deserves a second chance. But ONLY if he has truly shown remorse for his prior actions. You can't run away from this, Mitchell... it's time to fess up, be a man and take accountability for your actions. Then and only then will you be free to carry on in your life without strings attached.