The Loudest Mouth in Hockey

The Loudest Mouth in Hockey

Mention the name Mike Milbury to fans of the NHL’s New York Islanders, and you’re likely to hear a profanity-laced tirade. After all, in his 12-year reign as Islanders GM, not only didn’t the team win a playoff series; but Milbury’s drafting and trading was so bad that he set the franchise back years. But ask the same fans what they thought about him personally, and most liked him.

Why? Because unlike so many people in the public eye, Milbury told you exactly what was on his mind. And I mean exactly. And in this world of spineless, politically correct men who are afraid to insult anybody; his candor was damned refreshing— not to mention hysterical. So with the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, there’s no better time to take a look at some of the great quotes that Mad Mike as he became known on Long Island, spewed over the years:

1. When questioned about the triple rivalry between the three New York-New Jersey teams:

“Screw the Rangers, and screw the Devils; I work for the Islanders now.”

2. On the play of defenseman, Eric Brewer:

“The kid’s playing like he’s sniffing glue.”

3. About all-star, hold out, Ziggy Palffy’s agent Paul Kraus:

 ”I think the agent is a moron and way in over his head.”

“It’s too bad he lives in the city. He’s depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot.”

“We hope that Ziggy will come to his senses. We have no hope Paul Kraus will.”

4. Referring to ex-Islander, Travis Green’s blind hit on concussion-ridden Islander defenseman,  Kenny Jonsson:

“He’s a gutless puke, that’s what Travis Green is. That’s why he doesn’t wear an Islander uniform anymore.”

“Everyone knows that Travis doesn’t exactly have the biggest cajones.”

5. On the signing of goon, Eric Cairns:

“The next time someone whacks Kenny Jonsson, I want someone other than Trevor Linden to drive his head into the boards.”

6. On waiting for Palffy and Green to show up to training camp:

“I’m trying not to be really annoyed. But you know me. That won’t last long.”

7. On whether there would be friction with Palffy after their contentious contract negotiation:

“He just got a whopping contract. If anything, he should love me—more than he already does.”

8. When asked what the worst-case scenario would be regarding the team’s arena problems:

“That I don’t get paid on the 1st and 15th.”

9. When asked if using defenseman, Bryan Berard at left wing in a game was punishment because he roamed into the offensive zone too much:

“I hope he didn’t take it as a compliment.”

10. On opposing cheap-shot artist, Ulf Samuelsson:

“Jerk that he is – he’s always wearing that smirking grin that makes you want to punch him in the face.”

11. When asked what he was going to do to shake things up after a bad home loss:

“Me, I’m going to have about three vodkas.”

Note: You can catch Milbury as studio analyst for NBC during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Is there any doubt why they hired him?

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