Hockey Team Terminates Contract with Controversial Player Shortly After Signing
BY ELLIOT BEN JACOB JUNE 12, 2023 (7:54 PM)
A Controversial NHL Draft Pick Loses Contract
Recently, an abrupt termination was announced by a European team of their contract with a controversial former NHL draft pick.
The Story of Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson, a former NHL draft pick, was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the 2012 draft, at 90th overall. However, Johnson never set foot on NHL ice.
The following year, while Johnson was engaged in junior hockey in Windsor, Ontario, he was implicated in a sexual assault case involving a 16-year-old woman. Johnson, at that time, was 18 years old.
Consequently, he was found guilty a year later, leading to his initial contract being revoked. Johnson didn't take the verdict lying down and challenged the decision, only to face defeat once more.
Fast-forwarding to the previous week, Johnson had managed to secure a one-year contract with Krefeld Pinguine, a team playing in Germany's second-tier professional league. However, the team reconsidered its decision soon after.
announced Krefeld's Managing Director, Peer Schopp.
Johnson's Career Post-Conviction
This event doesn't mark the first time Johnson managed to secure a contract after his release from prison. Post his two-year incarceration, he immediately landed a contract with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL and played for them from 2018 to 2020.
The subsequent year was a break for Johnson, courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resuming his professional journey, Johnson then switched to the ECHL's Kansas City Mavericks and spent the last season playing professionally in Slovakia.
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