Former NHL player, coach and GM Mike Milbury is the studio analyst for NBC’s NHL “Game of the Week.” Milbury works alongside Pierre McGuire, NBC’s inside the glass reporter and studio host, for the live, on-location, studio show. The NHL on NBC crew is rounded out by Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst).
Milbury is also an NHL studio analyst for NESN in Boston and TSN in Canada.
“I’m going to call the game as I see it and as I can relate to it, said Milbury. “I’m entering the third period of my life here, and I’ve had experiences at every level. I just hope to be able to bring some measure of candor when it comes to the game and relate it to the experiences in my life.
“I didn’t go to Bob Costas broadcasting school. I grew up in the hockey world. I carry my passion on my sleeve, and I’m not afraid to make a comment about somebody. When I think, for example, a guy is dogging it, I’ll let you know. I hope to go straight at it. I broadcast the way I play, obnoxiously.”
Milbury played 11 seasons in the NHL, all with the Boston Bruins. After breaking into Boston’s lineup at the end of 1975-76 season, Milbury remained a defensive stalwart through the 1986-87 season. Following his playing career, Milbury served as head coach for Boston’s minor league affiliate – the Maine Mariners – and became Bruins head coach in the 1989-90 season, leading his team to the Stanley Cup Final in his rookie season. After coaching the Bruins in the 1990-91 season, Milbury went to the New York Islanders, where he served as head coach until 1999 before being named General Manager and Senior Vice President of the team. Milbury also served as an NHL studio analyst for ESPN in 1994-95.
Milbury scored 49 goals, recorded 238 points, and spent 1,552 minutes in the penalty box in 754 career games with the Bruins. A Boston native, Milbury played college hockey for Colgate University before signing with his hometown team in 1972-73. He represented the United States in the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup.
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