BOSTON - Police said Friday that they've charged former Islanders coach and general manager Mike Milbury with assaulting a 12-year-old Pee Wee hockey player who was jawing with his son.
Brookline police Capt. Tom Keaveney said Milbury, an assistant coach on his son's team, allegedly grabbed, threatened and shook the opposing player as the teams were shooting around following a Dec. 9 game at a town-owned rink. The boy wasn't hurt, Keaveney said.
Milbury, 59, of Needham will be summoned to court to face misdemeanor charges including assault and battery on a 12-year-old, threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct, he said. Keaveney said police have video evidence of the alleged attack.
But Milbury denied an assault "of any kind," in a statement from his attorney
"He simply intervened in an altercation between his son and an opposing player," the statement said. "No one was struck, no one was injured and no one was threatened."
Milbury was well-known as a player for a 1979 incident when he brawled in the stands in New York with fans who had grabbed some teammates' sticks, whacking one fan in the leg with his own shoe.
Milbury is now an NHL analyst with NBC Sports, which said Friday he’d been taken off the air. “We both came to the conclusion that he should remain off the air while focusing on his affairs,” NBC Sports said in a statement.
Keaveney said police learned about the alleged assault from a parent who wasn't there, but heard about it afterward. He said officers interviewed witnesses, including the alleged victim, before bringing charges.