Mike Milbury

A lot of hockey fans will remember Mike Milbury as bad. Bad coach. Bad GMs - highlight by some horrible trades. Bad television. Bad hair. And as you can see in the photo to the right, he even had bad hockey cards.

But Mike Milbury was not a bad hockey player. The Colgate educated Brighton, MA resident found a home on the Boston Bruins blue line for 11 seasons, totaling 754 games. He scored 49 goals, 189 assists for 238 points, while accumulating a healthy 1552 penalty minutes. He was slow but scrappy, playing a nice depth role with the Bruins in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Only Terry O'Reilly spent more time in the penalty box while wearing a Bruins jersey.

That being said, and not forgetting all the bad trades he later made as general manager of the New York Islanders, "Mad Mike" will always be remembered for one thing: scaling the glass to beat up a fan with his own shoe:

Milbury was suspended 6 games and fined $500 for the incident.


Anonymous,  7:49 PM  

The truest picture of who Mike Milbury really is and was can be found in the thankfully preserved footage of his "fight" with Mel Bridgman. The same guy who loves to pass himself off as this no-nonsense, old school toughman who was right in the mix of the brutal 1970s can clearly be seen scared out of his wits when confronted by the actually tough Philly forward. Milbury was scared to death. Every time I see him on the television posturing, I think of what he did when confronted by a true tough guy. He's also one of the worst GMs in history. Hitting that guy with a penny loafer is the best contribution Milbury ever made to hockey.

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