BOSTON (CBS) – Former Boston Bruin Mike Milbury has been charged with assault and battery on a 12-year-old hockey player, Brookline Police said Friday.

“Milbury picked up my son by the shirt, shook him, and was screaming and swearing at him,” the player’s mother told WBZ-TV. “Its horrific. You can’t put your hands on a child.”

The incident happened December 9 at the rink at Larz Anderson Park during a Pee Wee hockey game.  Milbury was an assistant coach for one of the teams, the Boch Blazers.

“I’m told Mike did everything right,” says Paul Cokinos, the owner of the Blazers, “that he broke it up, but didn’t touch any kid inappropriately.”

The incident was reported to police the next day.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports

“Mike 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. No one was struck, no one was injured and no one was threatened,” Millbury’s lawyer Dan Rabinovitz said in a statement.

Milbury was not arrested, but he has been summonsed to Brookline District Court to answer the charges.

He will be charged with one count of assault and battery on a child, one count of threats to commit a crime, and disorderly conduct.

“He committed a crime.  He needs to be reprimanded.  I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” the player’s mother told WBZ-TV.

No other details about the incident are available at this point.

According to the Boston Herald, “after Milbury’s son and a player for the other team got into a scrape on the ice, Milbury charged out onto the rink and verbally berated and grabbed and shook the 12-year-old opposing player.”

Several witnesses posted their versions of the incident on online message boards including Hockey DBoard and

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

Milbury, who lives in Needham, is currently a hockey analyst for NBC Sports and in Canada.

“In our discussions with Mike, we both came to the conclusion that he should remain off the air while focusing on his affairs,” said an NBC Sports spokesperson.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

He played 12 seasons with the Bruins from 1975 to 1987 and coached the team for two seasons from 1988 to 1990.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

Comments (12)
  1. Me says:

    Some people should never become parents. This man is one of those people.

    1. Fred G says:

      This woman is looking to get some fast bucks! All hockey coachs have broken up player fights on the ice, at one time or another.
      This story was badly reported by WBZ TV.

      Please get the facts first, before you report an incorrect story.

  2. jl says:

    “Milbury is currently a hockey analyst for NBC Sports and in Canada.”

    Typical American reporting. I guess the outlet he works for in Canada isn’t worth mentioning, huh?

    It’s CBC. Hockey Night in Canada. You may have heard of it.

  3. dan says:

    me .did you see what happened 1st hand ..if you did not keep your opinoins to yourself

  4. P says:

    Show me the proof,err money!

  5. art maahs says:

    I’ve never been one to say my piece or stir it up a bit but I think Mike Milbubury is a complete idiot. A selfish ass moron to be moree specific. Ya sure he can mix it up with the best of them and go after people he feels are above and below him. But think about it he’s one person people listen to what he has to say about hockey and we respect it for that and only that. It appears his level of arrogance and his belief that he is above all shows when he steps on the ice and attacks a kid or for that matter and I’m sure he’s done it verbally attacks anyone for a game we love called hockey. His actions speak. I’m one of many that know going forward when he now speaks I will mut the TV or chagle the channel. Respect is something you earn and keep but if you want to be an idiot you lost my respect.

  6. Pat McConnell says:

    Milburys comments about the Pens was assanine.As far as his comments about concussions,he would know absolutly nothing.Remember you have to have a brain for a concussion and that would leave him out of the picture.NBC took him off the air and Versus should step up and do the same.

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