Mike Milbury Charged with Assault

Updated: 2000 EST, 17 Dec

Mike Milbury, assistant coach of his son’s peewee Boch Blazers, is facing charges of assault resulting from an altercation between his son and a player from Boston Junior Blackhawks.

The 59-year-old Milbury is almost impossible to ignore in the hockey world. As an NHL player, he’s climbed into the stands to fight with fans, as a GM he’s made some of the most talked-about trades, and as a fiery and controversial commentator with NBC and CBC, Milbury is a walking talking point.

Now, he’s in the middle of yet another controversy, charged with assaulting a 12-year-old boy during an outdoor Winter Classic-style game on December 9 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Mike Milbury will not be appearing on NBC until allegations of assualting a 12-year-boy during a peewee hockey game are resolved.

As reported by the Toronto Star, one spectator said “Daddy Milbury erupted like a a volcano, screaming obscenities after his son’s run-in with the Blackhawks player.”

Milbury’s lawyer, Daniel Rabinovitz paints a different picture, stating that “Milbury denies any allegations that there was an assault of any kind. He simply intervened in an altercation between his son and an opposing player.”

As reported by the Boston Globe, a parent reported the incident on December 10, and Brookline police are now seeking charges of assault and battery on a child, threatening to commit a crime, and disorderly conduct.

Milbury will appear before the a clerk magistrate at Brookline District Court, who will determine if the charged will be pursued.

No one was punched, kicked, or assaulted in any way.” Mike Milbury to Boston Globe writer Kevin Dupont

Allegedly, the victim threw Jake Milbury to the ice to trigger the events. According to Paul Coknios, owner of the Blazers, said that his understanding is that “Mike picked the boy up and said, ‘What did you say to my son?’…it was an incident where I think everybody was trying to help out and get kids out of the way because there was a scrum going on. I think it spilled over from the game because this one boy I heard was antagonizing Mike’s son during the game. Mike asked the other coach several times to please have him stop and nothing was done. So, I think it spilled over to this.”

In an interview that lasted two hours, Milbury spoke with Boston Globe writer Kevin Dupont following the breaking of the story. In that conversation, Milbury stated that “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.”

Until the matter is resolved, Milbury will not be appearing on either NBC or CBC.

Brent Lemon
Brent's hockey writing has appeared in a variety of online and print media, including the Yahoo! Sports NHL blog, Puck Daddy, and USA Today magazines. He shoots left.

3 Comments

  1. Gary Graig Elgear says:

    A parent, coach, offical should NEVER be involed with a player at any time. CAHA spends much time trying too curtail these situations but sometime it falls on deft ears. There is a minor league I have been told in Toronto that does not allow parents in the rink during games that has been very successful. Having coached, executive & parent each & every year you have too deal with people that just DO NOT ubderstand that this is a game not a do or die life situation. Very few ever reach the goal to make a living play hockey. If a person plays the game to later in life that should a total SUCCESS.
    As parents we all our kids to have fun in the game, some but very few cross the line with being a goon & when this happens it should be the parent or coach that should rectify the situation with the player. There is NO PLACE IN HOCKEY FOR PEOPLE THAT CAN NOT CONTROLL THIER TEMPER

  2. SIMPLE: You never touch anyone elses kid;just grab yours.

  3. Please leave him off the air. The guy has temper management issues and is the most bias commentator in Hockey. Just another of Cherry’s clowns promoting their teams.

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