The Problem With Mike Milbury

Jonathan Willis
December 16 2011 02:49PM

Today, CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury was charged with assault in relation to an incident that occurred with an opposing player as he helped coach his son’s pee wee hockey team.

How serious the incident was is not entirely clear; but from the reports today it sounds like it’s fairly unexceptional hockey parent behaviour. That may change depending on what exactly Milbury said – the reports also indicate he was charged with uttering threats, after all – but everyone who has spent any amount of time around the game has seen, heard or at the very least read about the line-crossing actions of hyper-competitive hockey moms and dads.

The actions alone weren’t the reason the internet quickly filled with Mike Milbury jokes this morning.

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FGD: A Real Growl

Nation World HQ
December 16 2011 11:52AM

Those Florida Panthers used to resemble something much closer to a house cat and have for about, oh, the last ten years.  But after a wild spending spree on July 1st, GM Dale Tallon has turned this team into a group that can compete and put up some victories, something they've done so far this season.  Tonight, after a 5-4 overtime loss in Tampa the day previous, the Calgary Flames tangle with Florida for the only time this season (5:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).

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December 16 2011 11:45AM

In the first part of a special feature to the Nation Network, we are proud to introduce a guest columnist -  WJC Team Canada alumni Brian Sutherby. As a member of the 2002 Silver Medal winning Canadian team, he knows a thing or two about a thing or two. And throughout the 2012 WJC he will be sharing his thoughts on the tournament and memories from his run to the Finals. - WG

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Defending Mikael Backlund

Kent Wilson
December 16 2011 11:09AM


Seems like there's a bit of a groundswell in support of the idea of sitting Mikael Backlund for a few games. Points haven't been coming for the 22-year old center since his return and his rough second period last night probably lends credence to the notion.

I contend Mikael has been mostly excellent since he was re-activated, however.

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Postgame: Some Good, Some Bad

Nation World HQ
December 15 2011 08:38PM

The Calgary Flames had some really poor stretches of hockey Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which played a big part of them trailing 4-2 after two periods of play.  They also had some very good spans of hockey, which was the main reason why they were able to force extra time with a pair of goals in the third period.  In the end, a Steven Stamkos marker 30 seconds into overtime was the difference, with the Lightning prevailing 5-4.

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