“I have been following the situation with male student hockey athlete Mitchell Miller, who was involved in a situation as a youth in 2016,” Armacost wrote in the letter. “We expect our students to live by our values in the classroom, in the community and when they represent the University on the playground.
“After much thought and discussion with Mitchell, the Miller family, our director of athletics, Bill Chaves, and coach Brad Berry, I have decided that the best course of action for Mitchell and the University is that he is no longer a member of the UND. Men’s Hockey Program Mitchell can remain a student at UND and we will continue to support his future intellectual and interpersonal growth.
“We wish Mitchell the best of luck in the path he chooses in his future endeavors. “
The news comes four days after an article published by Craig Harris and Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic revealed that Miller and another teenager had been charged with assault and violating the safety law. Ohio schools for bullying Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a developing black classmate. handicap, in 2016.
The Coyotes, who selected Miller in the fourth round (111th overall) of the Oct.7 draft, responded to the report with a statement from team chief executive Xavier Gutierrez, saying it would work with Miller “to fight. against bullying and racism ”.
The franchise then changed direction on Thursday.
“We have decided to waive the rights to Mitchell Miller, effective immediately,” Gutierrez said in a statement. “Before selecting Mitchell to the NHL Draft, we knew that a bullying incident took place in 2016. We don’t condone this type of behavior, but we welcomed it as a good time to work with Mitchell to hold him accountable for his actions and provide him with the opportunity to become a leader in anti-bullying and anti-racism efforts. We learned more about the whole issue and, more importantly, the impact it had on Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. What we have learned does not align with the core values and vision of our organization and leads to our decision to waive our editorial rights.
“On behalf of the Arizona Coyote Property and our entire organization, I want to apologize to Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. We’re building a model franchise on and off the ice and will do what’s right for Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family, our fans and partners. Mr. Miller is now a free agent and can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere.