For immediate release:
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Glendale, Arizona — Arizona Coyotes announced today that the club has abandoned the ownership of Mitchell Miller. Miller was selected by Coyote in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft.
“We have decided to immediately relinquish Mitchell Miller’s rights and will take effect immediately,” said Xavier Guterres, Coyote’s chairman and CEO. “Before Mitchell was selected for the NHL Draft, we knew that a bullying incident had taken place in 2016. We do not condone this type of behavior, but Mitchell accepted this as a teaching moment to hold him accountable for his actions. We learned a lot about the whole thing and, more importantly, the impact it had on Isaiah and the Mayor-Grothers family. And I would like to apologize to the Mayor-Grothers family.We are building Isaiah and the Mayor-Grothers family, our fans, and our partners Kum will do the right thing. Mr. Miller is now a free agent and can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere. “
“I fully support our decision to abandon Mitchell Miller’s draft rights,” said Bill Armstrong, Coyote’s general manager. “Not being able to participate in this year’s draft was a unique situation for me. We were experiencing a change with our scout department. Mitchell was a good hockey player, but we had to do the right thing as an organization, not just as a hockey team. I want to apologize for everything. Congratulations to them in the future. “
Coyote’s top priority will be to be a leader in diversity, content and equity, and the club will continue to work with best friends, one step beyond and many local organizations, including the American Special Hockey Association, to support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, the Coyotes and Arizona Coyotes Foundation will partner with local nonprofits to fight bullying and racism.