Mike Milbury stepping away from NBC Sports role for rest of NHL playoffs after misogynistic comment

NHL analyst Mike Milbury will not be part of NBC Sports' broadcasts for the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the wake of a misogynistic comment he delivered on a broadcast Thursday. 

"In light of the attention caused by my recent remark, I have decided to step away from my role at NBC Sports for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs," the 68-year-old Milbury said in a statement released Saturday.

"I do not want my presence to interfere with the athletes as they try to win the greatest trophy in sports.”

In the waning minutes of the New York Islanders' win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday, the NBCSN crew on the call was discussing the benefits of the Toronto bubble. 

"If you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it's a perfect place," analyst Brian Boucher said before Milbury interjected that there were "Not even any women here to disrupt … your concentration." 

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His remark was condemned by the NHL, who said Milbury's words were "insensitive and insulting" and that his comment does "not reflect the NHL's values and commitment to making our game more inclusive and welcoming to all." 

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Milbury was not part of the Philadelphia Flyers-Montreal Canadiens broadcast Friday night, staged in Toronto. Earlier Friday, he released an apology. 

"I sincerely apologize for making the comment," Milbury staid in a statement. "It was not my intention to disrespect anyone. I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far.

"It was a regrettable mistake that I take seriously."

Milbury has been an NHL analyst for NBC Sports since 2008.

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NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury in 2014. (Photo: NBC)

The Massachusetts native was a defenseman for the Boston Bruins for 12 seasons (1975-87) — during which he infamously went into the Madison Square Garden stands during a 1979 brawl and hit a man with his own shoe. He later became head coach of the Bruins, guiding them to the 1990 Stanley Cup Final, before eventually moving on to a lengthy tenure as general manager of the Islanders. 

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