NBC Sports has tapped former National Hockey League player, coach and front-office executive Mike Milbury as studio analyst for NBC's “NHL Game of the Week” for the 2007-08 season.
In addition, the studio show, which had originated from Rockefeller Plaza the past two seasons, will be broadcast live on location from the game sites, hosted by Pierre McGuire, NBC's “Inside the Glass” analyst.
“Mike is sometimes controversial, usually quotable and always interesting,” said Sam Flood, NBC Sports’ coordinating producer and NHL producer. “As an ex-player, coach and G.M., he brings a hat trick of perspective to his new role as a broadcaster. And taking the studio show inside the arena provides an immediacy and big-event feel, while shining an even bigger spotlight on the 'Game of the Week.'”
After a long playing career, Mr. Milbury became the Boston Bruins' head coach in 1989-90, leading the team to the Stanley Cup Final in his rookie season. He also has coached for the New York Islanders and later was the team’s general manager and senior VP. Mr. Milbury previously worked as an NHL studio analyst for ESPN during the 1994-95 NHL season.
He has been known through his career for controversial statements, including a comment about agent Paul Krause years ago, when he said, “It's too bad he lives in the city. He's depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot.”
Mr. Milbury acknowledged his history of comments as he readied himself for the sportscasting gig.
“For years I've been offering my opinion, most of the time without being asked, and not getting paid for it,” he said. “In all seriousness, I love the game of hockey and am greatly looking forward to lending my voice to the sport and joining the crew at NBC who share my passion for the NHL.”
NBC Sports and the NHL recently announced an extension of their revenue-sharing partnership through the 2007-08 season, which will include a “Game of the Week” flexible scheduling component. The deal includes an NBC option for 2008-09.