I’ll admit, I’m a little lax in covering the hockey media around here, however, up until this season, Bruins announcers and commentators could say just about anything on the air, and it wouldn’t cause a stir.
It hasn’t gotten a whole lot of play locally, (or I just haven’t paid enough attention – entirely possible) but apparently Mike Milbury is gaining a national reputation for himself as something of a loose cannon behind the mic.
In the latest episode, Milbury was talking about a player he drafted when he was the GM of the Islanders in 1999 Tim Connolly, and in describing him, Milbury called him a “self-centered little dink” – at first though, some thought that the last word in the phrase was not “dink” but rather a shortened form of “Richard.”
This was just the most recent in a series of episodes, Milbury has also angered gay groups for referring to the pansification of hockey. Greg Wyshynski has a look at other incidents of note. Not all of these events have taken place on NESN, Milbury apparently doesn’t hold back no matter what outlet he’s appearing on.
About the only local mention of the Connolly topic that I’ve seen has come from Joe Haggerty.
Some other links on the subject:
Mike Milbury Isn’t Shy About Sharing His Opinions Either – Awful Announcing
Mad Mike Rule #37: Whatever You Do, Don’t Ask Him About Tim Connolly on Live TV – Barry Melrose Rocks
You Say Dink, I Say Dick… But What the Heck Did Mad Mike Mean? – Barry Melrose Rocks(update of previous link)
So Let’s Talk About the Milbury-Connolly Thing – Puck the Media