The Boston Bruins, Atlantic Division rivals of the Detroit Red Wings, sought to sign Mitchell Miller to a contract last season. It was a controversial decision and one that the NHL was quickly stepping in to void.
Miller was originally a 2020 NHL entry draft selection of the Arizona Coyotes, but that pick was revoked after evidence of bullying of a fellow student by Miller was surfacing. The unseemingly incidents led to criminal charges being filed against Miller.
Mitchell Miller has signed in Slovakia with HK 32 Liptovský Mikuláš. He didn't play at all last season after agreeing to an entry-level contract with the #bruins in November that was later terminated. pic.twitter.com/7LsXQ1WmOi
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 2, 2023
So where does a controversial player go to get the chance to play hockey? Well, it would appear that panacea exists in Slovakia. Miller will be playing next season in the Tipos Extraliga, the top division of the Slovakian League. Making the announcement of his signing was MHK 32 Liptovský Mikuláš.
This decision came just days after forward Carter Briere was signing with Slovak club HC 19 Humenne. The son of Philadelphia Flyers GM Daniel Briere was caught on video pushing a woman’s empty wheelchair down a staircase. The episode wound up leading to his expulsion from Mercyhurst College late last season.
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