7; Mackenzie Salmon talks to a former NHL star about mental health and sports.


When NBC Sports released its list of NHL announcers and analysts on Monday, a remarkable name was missing.

Mike Milbury, a longtime online analyst who has become controversial over the misogynistic and insensitive comments he has made in the past, will not return for the 2020-21 season.

“We thank Mike for all his contributions to our coverage for 14 years, but he will not return to our NHL team,” an NBC spokesman said in an email to USA TODAY Sports. “We wish him well.”

The new NHL season begins Wednesday with a triple head, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

NBC analysts will appear on NHL broadcasts this year, including Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher, Pierre McGuire, AJ Mlechko, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Keith Jones and Anson Carter.

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Milbury stepped down for the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs this August after making a misogynistic joke about the balloon created during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, this is the perfect place,” said analyst Brian Boucher during a first-round playoff match between the islanders and capitals before Milbury intervened. that there is no “There aren’t even women here to disturb … your concentration.”

His remark was condemned by the NHL, which said Milbury’s words were “insensitive and offensive” and that his comment “did not reflect the NHL’s values ​​and commitment to making our game more inclusive and friendly to all”.

Milbury later said of his decision to retire that he did not want his presence “to hinder athletes as they try to win the biggest trophy in the sport.”

During the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, Chang Milbury reduced the sentence for domestic violence, which led to the banning of the former defender of the Kings of Los Angeles Slava Voinov from the NHL. During the broadcast, Milbury called it an “unfortunate incident” when the Russian team took down the American team.

“He has left a huge gap in the Los Angeles Kings’ defense, otherwise he could continue to win more than the championships they have already played,” Milbury said during a broadcast. “This man was a special player and an unfortunate incident left the Los Angeles Kings without a great defender.”

Milbury was a defender of the Boston Bruins for 12 seasons (1975-87) – a career that saw him disgracefully enter the stands of Madison Square Garden during a fight in 1979 and hit a man with his own shoe. He later became the head coach of the Bruins, directing them to the Stanley Cup final in 1990, and spent several more seasons as a coach, including with the Islanders, where he also became general manager.

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