Milbury charged with assault on child after incident at rink

Milbury charged with assault on child after incident at rink
December 16, 2011, 6:20 pm
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Mike Milbury, former player and coach with the Bruins and now a hockey television analyst on NBC, has been charged with assault and battery on a child, threats to commit a crime, and disorderly conduct after an incident at a rink in Brookline last week.
Milbury's attorney, Daniel Rabonovitz, released a statement which read: "Mike Milbury denies any allegationsthat there was anassault of any kind. He simply intervened in an altercation between his son and an opposing player. No one was struck, no one was injured and no one was threatened."

The news was first reported by WCVB-TV in Boston. NBC announced Friday that Milbury would be taken off the air indefinitely. "In our discussions with Mike, we both came to the conclusion that he should remain off the air while focusing on his affairs," said NBC Sports spokesman Chris McCloskey in a statement.

According to the Boston Herald, Milbury -- who also serves as coach on his son's pee-wee hockey team -- verbally berated, grabbed and shook a 12-year-old opposing player who had gotten into an altercation on the ice with Milbury's son last Friday night.

Milbury, 59, of Needham, will answer the charges in Brookline District Court. He played for the Bruins from 1975-87, coached the team from 1988-90, served as Harry Sinden's assistant general manager in the early 1990s, then worked for the Islanders -- serving as various times as both coach and general manager -- from 1995-2007.