Frequently outspoken, high-tempered former NHL player and current NBC Sports NHL analyst Mike Milbury has been charged with assaulting a 12-year-old youth hockey player. The incident supposedly occurred during a December 9th game which involved his son’s team (who he helps coach) the Boch Blazers and their opponent the Boston Jr. Blackhawks and stemmed from his son being knocked to the ice by a Blackhawks player.
According to reports Milbury is being charged with: one count of assault and battery on a child, one count of threats to commit a crime, and disorderly conduct.
Mike Milbury’s response via the Boston Globe–
“I want to be clear about a couple of things,’’ said Milbury. “No one was punched, kicked, or assaulted in any way. I know the ‘Mad Mike’ image that I have and all that. I love the game, I’m passionate about it, but I don’t smack kids around. I grabbed the other kid by the sweater to stop a fight and, yeah, I swore at him. That’s it. That’s what I did.
“And . . . this was also after watching my kid get verbally bullied by the other player for over two hours. It was the third time that night that Jake and the kid got into it, and that was the last straw for Jake. I mean, what kid can take that?”
“I am not going to cry over my reaction [on the ice],’’ said Milbury, both glib and forthright in his first comments about the incident, which became public on Friday. “At the same time, I understand the culture and implication and conclusion some would draw from this.’’
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I have enjoyed Milbury’s oft on air spats with other NBC Sports commentators and felt he was a “fun” part of the NHL on NBC team but he has understandably taken off air until they know the outcome of the charges. Stay Tuned.
For now enjoy a few Milbury highlights..