Ex-Boston Bruin Mike Milbury accused of assaulting 12-year-old

FILE - In this April 20, 2005 file photo, New York Islanders general manager Mike Milbury arrives at a hotel in New York for a meeting between league owners and general managers. Milbury, also a former Boston Bruins player and coach, has been charged with assaulting and threatening a 12-year-old Pee Wee hockey player in Brookline, Mass.
File,AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Mike Milbury arrives at a hotel in New York, April 20, 2005
File, AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

(CBS/AP) BOSTON - Former Boston Bruins player and coach Mike Milbury is facing misdemeanor assault and battery charges after allegedly assaulting a 12-year-old Pee Wee hockey player who was arguing with his son, police say.

Milbury, who is an assistant coach of his son's team, allegedly grabbed, threatened and shook an opposing team's player as the teams were shooting around following a Dec. 9 game at a town-owned rink, said Brookline police Capt. Tom Keaveney. The boy wasn't hurt, Keaveney said.

Milbury, 59, of Needham will be summoned to court to face misdemeanor charges including assault and battery on a 12-year-old, threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct. Keaveney said police have video evidence of the alleged attack.

Milbury denied an assault "of any kind" in a statement from his attorney.

Milbury, a former defenseman, played parts of 12 seasons with the Bruins and later served as coach, leading the team to the Stanley Cup finals in 1990, where they lost to Edmonton. He was also coach and general manager of the New York Islanders.

Milbury is now an NHL analyst with NBC Sports, which said Friday he'd been taken off the air. "We both came to the conclusion that he should remain off the air while focusing on his affairs," NBC Sports said in a statement.

Keaveney said police learned about the alleged assault from a parent who wasn't there, but heard about it afterward. He said officers interviewed witnesses, including the alleged victim, before bringing charges.