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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
In an exclusive two-hour interview with the Globe on Saturday morning, former Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury offered his side of the Dec. 9 incident at a Brookline outdoor rink for which he now could face assault charges.
According to the 59-year-old Milbury, he acted only to break up an on-ice altercation between 12-year-old hockey players, one of them his son, which had him briefly restraining the player from the Everett-based club who was skirmishing with his son prior to a shootout contest.
‘‘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…”.
added 9:17pm, Additional items have been added to the original article. I suggest you check it out again if you are interested in this topic.
A former Boston Bruin and current TV analyst has been charged with assault and battery on a child.
Michael Milbury, who currently works as a hockey analyst for Versus NHL, was accused of assaulted a 12-year-old youth hockey player at the Dexter School Ice Rink in Brookline last week.
Milbury is an assistant coach of a local hockey team, and the alleged victim is a player from an opposing team.
As always, remember there are two sides to a story.
added 12:51pm, from Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald,
The incident allegedly occurred at the end of the Winter Classic between the Boch Blazers for whom Milbury coaches and his son plays forward vs. the Boston Junior Black Hawks. It is alleged that after Milbury’s son and a player for the Black Hawks got into a scrape on the ice, Milbury charged out onto the rink and verbally berated and grabbed and shook the 12-year-old opposing player.
a bit more...
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean touch on numerous topics and Don won’t forget about the love Ron shows towards Alex Burrows.
Coach’s Corner touched on numerous topics last night, including the play of Brian Elliott, Sidney Crosby should just play the game and the Buffalo Sabres…
from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,
He’s 77 now and while he still sets the agenda for our national hockey conversation, he is more of a cult figure than a trailblazer. After three decades spent listening to a remarkably consistent message, a great many people have decided that Cherry’s defence of violence isn’t just wrong-headed, but that it’s morally corrupt.
Cherry replies by adding more square-footage to his bunker. He is besieged, and for the very first time, it seems possible that he could be broken.
The not-so-secret secret to Cherry’s success as a broadcaster is his commitment to an ideal. Cherry believes in a perfect sort of hockey and, more importantly, a perfect sort of player. That player is a humble thug, a skilled brute. He does not complain or retreat. He is always the aggressor. Cherry’s perfect player is the perfected version of himself.
Other analysts and experts are professional prevaricators. They can see both sides of any issue. Cherry sees hockey two-dimensionally. That’s what makes him compelling.
He’s also intellectually honest. As much as he sets out to provoke, no one who watches him can doubt that Cherry believes completely in everything he says when he’s saying it. There is always something calculating about a provocateur. Cherry isn’t one of those. He’s a zealot.
Hockey Night in Canada’s opening last night.
from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,
What irks me most about HNIC is Cherry’s supporting cast. With the exception of Elliotte Friedman, Canada’s premier sports broadcast features a collection of on-air mediocrities that add nothing to a viewer’s enjoyment of the game.
Contrast Hockey Night in Canada with any National Football League telecast. The studio shows feature witty hosts (Chris Berman is the ne plus ultra), Super Bowl winning coaches (Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, Mike Ditka, Jimmy Johnson) and former All-Pro players: Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Tom Jackson, Howie Long, Boomer Esiason, Keyshawn Johnson, Rodney Harrison ... the list goes on and on.
On HNIC we get Cherry, a coach who never won a Cup; Mike Milbury, arguably the most inept general manager in the history of the NHL; journeyman goaltenders Kelly Hrudey and Glen Healy, and the man I fear the diabolical Ron MacLean is grooming to skate into the Corner when the Coach is clinically non compos mentis: P.J. Stock, who was a fourth-line scrapper for four NHL teams, amassing more than 500 minutes in penalties while scoring five goals in 243 games.
How many sleeps till TSN snatches the rights away?
more plus how much will Montreal pay for Carey Price…
HNIC opening montage from last night.
Some of the topics Coach’s Corner touched on- Communication on the ice (Tampa Bay), Edmonton Oilers, the Sutton hit and the Vancouver Canucks.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
He is, objectively, great at his job. When he leaves the airwaves one day, he will be missed, if only because there is nobody who can replace his capacity for forging a connection to his audience, and provoking reactions like this one. He is must-watch TV, as far as hockey goes, a sort of water-cooler cottage industry. Sometimes he’s dead right: no-touch icing, hard plastic shoulder and elbow pads, stuff like that. Sometimes he sees things in the game that nobody else seems to notice. And often, I think, he is terribly wrong.
But whenever Don takes the stage on Saturday nights now, I wonder how it’s going to end. The hockey world is moving away from him, on every level — Hockey Canada outlawed hits to the head for kids, the NHL has made moves to curb excess physicality if not fighting, even visors are becoming more common. He is receding into history even as he commands the pulpit, and with every passing year the odds of him saying things that the CBC will have to disavow rise. Maybe one day he will go too far over the line, as elastic as it has been for him. Maybe one day the storm won’t pass.
And when that day comes it will be sad, even for those of us who disagree with him. Don Cherry loves hockey, and he illuminates Saturday nights across this country even when residing in hockey’s darker ages. He will leave a void, one day, when the lights go out.
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