NBC hockey analyst, Mike Milbury, fired for ‘sexist’ comment

NBC hockey analyst, Mike Milbury, fired for ‘sexist’ comment”

Milbury was speaking with co-host and former goaltender Brian Boucher about the advantages of the NHL's playoff bubble.

After losing back-to-back playoff series against the Boston Bruins, as well as a turbulent start to the 2019-20 season, Babcock was sacked by Leafs management more than a year ago.

Sports announced the team bringing you national NHL broadcasts for the 2021 regular season on Monday.

Milbury was not expected to return this season, but his departure was not confirmed by NBC Sports until Monday. Milbury's ouster is the second in less than a year for the National Hockey League on NBC, who parted ways with Jeremy Roenick in February after he suspended the former player for making inappropriate comments about colleagues.

"In light of the attention caused by my recent remark, I have made a decision to step away from my role at NBC Sports for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs", Milbury said in a statement at the time.

Mike Milbury out as NBC hockey analyst after 14 years

NBC Sports' NHL coverage begins with a tripleheader Wednesday. He was sacked by the Leafs in November 2019, during his fifth season in Toronto. Kenny Albert, Brendan Burke and John Forslund were all named on the top billing for play-by-play roles in Emrick's absence.

Former NHL forwards Ryan Callahan and Dominic Moore will also debut as studio analysts, joining Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp.

Milbury was initially benched by NBC Sports during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs after making an on-air joke about women being a disruption to players' "concentration" during the hockey season. Flood said he has been a fan of Babcock's work since meeting him in Detroit and was eager to hire him as a studio analyst.

Asked later for details, Flood declined to elaborate.

Information from ESPN's Greg Wyshynski was used in this report.

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