NHL’s Gary Bettman Addresses Bruins Signing Mitchell Miller

When the Bruins signed Mitchell Miller, who was charged and convicted in an Ohio Juvenile Court for assaulting a classmate in eighth grade, the organization saw a large amount of backlash for the decision.

General manager Don Sweeney acknowledged the risk in signing the player, but claimed the team did a vetting process. However, that didn’t involve checking in with the league. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he did not hear from Boston before the team signed Miller.

“What I understand and have heard through the media, and anecdotally, what he did as a 14-year-old is reprehensible, unacceptable,” Bettman said. “Before the Bruins made the decision to sign him, we were not consulted.”

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