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.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!
*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.
*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.
*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.
*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.
*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.
*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.
Thanks in large part to a big performance by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins were able to squeak out a 2-1 win against the Sabres.
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