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The Bruins announced new policies in the wake of the signing of Mitchell Miller

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The Boston Bruins revealed the results and subsequent procedural changes Thursday from an independent review conducted on their signing of Mitchell Miller.

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That investigation, led by former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, analyzed thousands of documents related to the November 4 signing of Boston Miller before the club cut ties with him days later.

The Bruins’ statement detailed the new policies the club would adopt, while also stating that there was no misconduct by Boston employees in Miller’s initial check.

“The steps we’re announcing today demonstrate our organization’s commitment to our values, including our process for vetting future players,” said team CEO Charlie Jacobs in a statement. “These improvements, which the team will begin implementing immediately, will help ensure we meet the high standards that our colleagues, fans and our community have come to expect from this great organization.”

The review recommended different policies in place when it comes to player acquisition in the future:

  • Establish clear written policies for auditing off-ice behavior, including identifying red flags that require detailed auditing and documented resolution

  • Establish clear timelines and responsibilities within the organization for investigating community expectations or other off-ice commitments

  • Create central audit documentation to include reporting of red flags and off-ice issues and ensure that these documents are available to all stakeholders involved in the process

  • Establish a tracking system to ensure that responsibilities for all inspection tasks are clearly defined and tracked

  • Use independent third-party resources to investigate and resolve real-world issues when reviewing red flags

  • Determine if there are specific training or rehabilitation programs that the prospect should participate in depending on the nature of the red flags

The law firm’s report stated that there were previous loopholes in Boston’s system that prevented them from properly handling red flags put forward by someone like Miller. Miller, then 14, pleaded guilty in 2016 in juvenile court to one count of assault and one count of violating Ohio’s Safe Schools Act after he and another teen were accused of bullying classmate Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a black classmate with disabilities at the growth.

Despite this history, Miller was made a fourth round pick by the Arizona Coyotes in October 2020. The Coyotes dropped his rights that month when news of Miller’s past was publicly revealed; He was also removed from the University of North Dakota hockey team.

Boston chose to bring in Miller anyway. The Bruins said at the time that they did their due diligence before deciding to give Miller a “second chance”. Their decision was met with a swift backlash when it became clear that Boston had not spoken to the Meyer Crothers about what Miller had done, nor had the Bruins consulted the NHL or the AHL about Miller’s eligibility to even play games.

Although Boston has stated to sever ties with Miller, he is still technically under contract with the club.

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