Milbury out, Babcock in for National Hockey League broadcasts on NBC

  • Milbury out, Babcock in for National Hockey League broadcasts on NBC

Milbury out, Babcock in for National Hockey League broadcasts on NBC

Milbury and studio co-host Brian Boucher were discussing the advantages created by the NHL's coronavirus bubble.

April 19, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock (left) looks on from behind the bench during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We are grateful to Mike for all of his contributions to our coverage for 14 years, but he will not be returning to our National Hockey League announce team, " a network spokesperson said in a statement Monday after announcing its 2021 broadcast teams.

Mike Milbury, a hockey analyst and former Boston Bruin, was sacked from NBC Sports after making an allegedly sexist comment.

"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.

NBC Sports' NHL coverage begins with a tripleheader Wednesday.

Mike Milbury out as NBC hockey analyst after 14 years

He was sacked as coach of the Maple Leafs on November 20, 2019. Also of note for Rangers fans, Ryan Callahan and Dominic Moore will the studio team to provide insight this season.

Babcock's hiring by NBC isn't without controversy, however. Former Red Wings star Johan Franzen discussed having an emotional breakdown on the bench due to Babcock's bullying, calling him "a awful person, the worst I have ever met". Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, who played for Babcock in Detroit, said his coaching tactics were not "appropriate or acceptable".

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.

With Milbury gone, the league's studio coverage will be led by Patrick Sharp as the primary analyst alongside Kathryn Tappen and Liam McHugh.

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