CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury is facing charges of assault and battery of a child, a Boston police said Friday. Milbury, 59, a former Boston Bruins player and coach, allegedly assaulted a 12-year-old hockey player at a rink in suburban Boston, the Boston Herald reported. The incident occurred last week, while Milbury was acting as assistant coach for a youth hockey team. The alleged victim was a member of the opposing team. Milbury faces charges of assault and battery on a child, threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct in connection in what the Herald described as an "alleged verbal and physical attack." Milbury spent 12 seasons playing for the Bruins and later coached the team to the 1990 Stanley Cup final, where the Bruins lost to the Edmonton Oilers.
The paper reported that Milbury rushed onto the ice "and verbally berated and grabbed and shook the 12-year-old opposing player" who had become involved in an altercation with Milbury's son. Milbury was a rough-and-tumble player who brings that attitude to his hockey broadcasts. He once drew ire of critics for bemoaning attempts to make the game safer for players as the "pansification" of hockey
TV commentator Mike Milbury works between the benches in the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers during game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 4, 2008 at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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