Hockey Dad Upset That Mike Milbury Escaped Criminal Charges

By Beth Germano, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – The father of a 12-year-old hockey player who says he was assaulted by Mike Milbury is disappointed the former Bruin has been cleared of charges and walked out of Brookline District Court.

David Keating says what happened during a scuffle on the ice at a Brookline rink December 9 is nothing short of criminal. Milbury was coaching his son’s team, the Boch Blazers against the Boston Blackhawks. Milbury’s son got into a skirmish with Keating’s son, but according to the Keating family, witnesses back up that Milbury’s son was the aggressor, and the father crossed the line to break it up.

“Just because it’s a game doesn’t mean you can grab a player and push him, never mind grab him and shake and lift him off the ice for over thirty second seconds,” Keating tells WBZ-TV in an exclusive interview.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports

He says Milbury also shouted profanities, behavior which sends the wrong message. “This is an incident about a 59-year-old ex-professional player, coach, parent and youth coach who was overzealous and acted inappropriately,” he said.

Asked whether he believes Milbury’s notoriety helped him beat the assault charges, he says he’ll let the public decide that.

A clerk-magistrate ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge Milbury, and outside court he was clearly relieved to put it behind him.

“This was an unfortunate misunderstanding. I don’t have much more to say than that,” said Milbury.

David Keating believes coaches and players should be held accountable for their behavior on the ice. “Coaches and players alike should both respect the game and not put their hands on each other,” he said.

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  • jaygee

    “Criminal charges” for pulling a kid off of another kid and swearing at him? I also heard that Milbury sponsored the event. I think it’s time that in all sports, parents should stay at home and let the coaches and the kids do their thing.

    • massman

      That already happened at Penn State.

      • MJ

        NO comparison. Ridiculous statement, massman. Absurd.

  • Kevin O'Connell

    Keating, your kid is playing hockey, was the incident worse than a ‘check’? was it worse than catching a shot in the face(mask or no mask)? So where are you coming from? If the Magistrate throws it out, are you really trying to tell me, your son suffered more than any of the comone incidences outlined above? Or was it his feelings, or worse yet, YOURS. Maybe you and your son should pursue a different sport/hobby. Quite frankly, I am embarassed for both you and your son.

  • Eric

    This guy is an idiot. Your kid can taunt someone else the whole game and not have to answer for it. If you don’t want him getting touched by someone else on the ice then switch to figure skating. What a tool.

  • Bill

    There was a shakedown going on here – but it wasn’t Milbury

  • Millbury

    To the above four, if it were YOUR son, I’ll et you’d have a different attitude. Both of my center fingers salute you,

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  • Michael McNeil

    Parents should be banned from all kid sports. Soccer games are the worst.

  • John T

    Too bad for Keating that a clerk-magistrate did the right thing and tossed this out.
    From the beginning, this has seemed like nothing more than a witch hunt with the hopes of a possible pay-day at the end of the tunnel.
    Why do I have the feeling that this will end up in civil court?
    From most people… Keating sees a celebrity and thinks $$$

  • andyme

    Sounds like a she said he said incident. One question, how do the league, team offcials and referrees weigh in on the incident/ We haven’t not heard a thing from them, which leads me to believe that it sounds like a cover up.

  • Steve

    Try teaching your kid to stop being a bully. Milbury should have smacked him around.

  • Jack McInnis

    And the Pussifacation of America continues.Anyone who has not seen these deranged parents at hockey games should check it out.This guy looks like a little wanker and I am sure his kid is as well. Like father like son…Yes I am judging a book by it’s cover, Deal with it….

  • ed walters

    Keating should keep his mouth shut, his son is a bully and Milbury simply broke up an attempt by his son to bully someone. Your family is already embarrassed, go away

  • TIM H

    i dont have any kids but what has milbury sponsoring this got do w anything?you cant put your hands on anyone elses kid no matter what.if this had been joe the unknown plumber doing this would he have been charged?probably.milbury comes from a generation that a different attitude about what he did.if the situation was reversed what would milbury have done?he wouldnt have goone to the cops he would have laid the other father out cold,another sad indictment of youth sports.i think if this had happened out in the suburbs no one would have known about it but bits brookline so…………

  • Mrs. TruthMom

    Totally not a he said she said incident….you posters above are idiots who were apparently not there. Millbury’s son was shouting racial slurs at the other player. The player retaliated by flipping him the bird and cussing back at him at which point Mike Millbury charged out there screaming at him picked him up by his neck and jersey and started shaking him….I signed my kid up for hockey, not to get called racial slurs or jacked up/cussed out by a grown man. There’s a video available (because parents were filming the game). But the parents who have the video are “too classy” to provide the footage necessary for the magistrate to make a ruling. It’s not suprising, really because racists and anti-semites often stick together and cover each others backs.

    • tagml

      Truth according to whom? A couple points Mrs. Truth: Neither of the parents were even at the game . Second their sweet little kid has a reputation all over the North Shore and there is a reason no one wants to play with or against him. And the refs and Boch coaches spoke over and over again to the coach of the other team-it was a scrimmage and this other team was playing like it was the Stanley Cup. Finally this kid likely learned how to bully other kids from Dad, who would have also had to be the one to mention incidents to his son that happened thirty years ago when his kid wasn’t even a thought. And his kid used that to taunt and bully Jake until he pushed him over the edge. The kid got what he wanted from Jake and that was fight-but he lost and got called on his behavior. Classy people who won’t show evidence. Lady you and your type of parent are EXACTLY what hockey doesn’t need-take your kid to soccer camp would you?

  • leghold

    I played hockey for years, then refereed and then coached. It is a game where to be successful and to last you need to have a stong degree of toughnes in you. You need to be able to take it all from the physical violence of the game itself to a tirade by a coach. This guy Keating is sending the wrong message to his son. Just shut up and let it go. He is teaching his kid to be a wuss. He sounds like the kind of guy who would press charges against a ref a bad call was made against his son. I think this kid should be on the golf team.
    This parent is dangerous to the long term development of his sons development.

  • Nate

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…looks like this guy has been punched in the face a few times.

  • drewster

    Giving a kid a stern A$$-Chewing for fighting at that level is called PARENTING! Good for you Mike for giving that kid’s family a lesson in it.

  • fireman mark

    Perhaps the coaches should should do what my father did when coaching Little League in the early 50’s.He made it a point NOT to pick my oldest brother for his team.That takes the favoritism,nepotism and bias out of the game.

  • George

    I suggest we have the boys “upset” father and Millbury get into a fight “to the finish” on the ice. We could put it on Pay Per View and donate the proceeds to charity. Maybe we copuld do it between periods of the “Out Door Winter Classic” NHL hockey game on January 1st ? Perhaps we can even have an “under card match” between the two sons.

  • MJ

    Keating is a pencil necked geek. His kid is an unfortunate spawn of this wienie. I hope he & his kid are outcasts, as they well deserve.

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