Milbury charged with assault on child after incident at rink

614412.jpg

Milbury charged with assault on child after incident at rink

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.

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

bruins-zane-mcintyre.jpg

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.