Former Edmonton Oilers goalie and Portland Pirates assistant coach Mike Minard was sentenced to two months in jail after he pleaded no contest to sexual misconduct Wednesday.
Minard began an online relationship with a 13-year-old girl that he met on Twitter after a game involving the AHL club last season.
The girl first encountered Minard last November after she tweeted about not being able to take photos of the Pirates game because Minard was in the way, according to the court report.
Minard saw the tweet, responded and their communication grew from there.
According to the Bangor Daily News, citing a Waldo County Sheriff’s Office report, the two began to send messages to each other, talking about the team and games, but it quickly moved to more personal text messages.
The girl told police that she had told Minard her age “numerous times,” and that he started to ask her for selfies after Christmas.
From there, the 37-year-old, who played one NHL game in net for the Oilers, apparently became more sexual and began asking what she had done with boys. The girl told police she had no sexual experience and fabricated events to appeal to Minard. He then sent her details about his sexual experiences with women.
He then asked her for photos with her wearing less clothing, and she sent pictures of herself in her underwear and covering her breasts with her hands, according to detective Gerry Lincoln of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.
A Maine State Police detective interviewed Minard, who admitted to the relationship and to having sent the girl a picture of his genitals.
Minard also claimed to have never met the girl in person, although according to a Maine State Police report he tried to meet up with the girl and a friend of hers, whom he had also been messaging, to meet him at a hotel in Bangor, Maine.
Police became aware of the incident after the girl’s mother took the phone away and saw the conversations.
In addition to his sentence, Minard, who has since moved to Hamilton, Ont., was ordered to pay restitution.
Minard was the Pirates goalie coach from 2011-2013 and an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. As a player, he was part of the Oilers system from 1996-2000 and the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2000-2004.