|NESN announces multi-year extension with Jack Edwards||05.10.11 at 5:26 pm ET|
NESN announced that it had reached a multi-year extension with Jack Edwards. Edwards has been the play-by-play man for the network’s coverage of the Bruins since 2005.
‘For the past six years, Jack has been an energetic and important part of NESN’s Bruins hockey coverage,’ Sean McGrail, NESN President and CEO, said in the press release announcing the agreement. ‘We are very happy to extend his contract, and look forward to his passionate presence in the broadcast booth for years to come.’
Edwards added in the statement: ‘Who has more fun than us? To work with Brick, Naoko, and our NESN production crew is to live the dream. We feed off the energy and passion of Bruins fans across New England and hockey fans all over the world. We love our work and we love working together. To be part of that, to share the space with people who pour so much of their time and effort into covering this team and this sport, is the pinnacle of my career.’
|Mike Milbury and Tim Connolly aren’t buds||02.05.09 at 2:15 pm ET|
I’ve always been a big fan of all the NESN hockey broadcasters. Gord Kluzak and Rick Middleton certainly have their charms and add to the broadcasts, but nobody can bust out a “little self-centered dink” throwaway line quite like Mike Milbury. The always-volcanic Milbury proved it again last night by taking it to a new level between the second and third period of the B’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Milbury and host Kathryn Tappen sat in the studio and calmly watched as sideline report Naoko Funayama went through their paces with Michael Ryder, and then came the verbal explosion around the NHL highlights package.
The rift obviously stems from Connolly’s two years with the New York Islanders when Milbury was running the organization, but Mad Mike basically slapped Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly with a “self-centered, little dink” during the Sabres portion of the footage. Not quite as primitively satisfying as watching Milbury beat a man with his own shoe, but it’s still good to know that the bluster is still simmering when it needs to be called upon.
Here’s the footage from last night with the fireworks beginning around the 1:30 mark (note: you’ll need to turn up the audio to hear the comments):
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