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NHL’s Angriest Moments In (Semi) Recent History

By Colin Likas
Feb 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville shouts towards officals during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville shouts towards officals during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mike Milbury beats a fan with his own shoe

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A lot of hockey fans today recognize Milbury as a terrible “analyst” for NBC and a failed general manager/coach in the league. But Milbury was a hockey player back in the day, and he was involved in one of the strangest player-fan incidents in league history.

After a 1979 tilt between Boston and the host New York Rangers — a game the Bruins actually won — the two teams got into a skirmish in one of the corners. This somehow devolved to members of the Bruins, Milbury among them, climbing into the Madison Square Garden seats.

The players quickly started accosting fans, apparently in search of one who had struck a Bruin with a game program and stolen his stick. Milbury took down the apparent offender, grabbed his foot, ripped off his shoe and repeatedly smacked (or at least tried to smack) him with it.

It’s such a surreal moment that you can’t help but laugh. Milbury was suspended a whopping six games for his actions. If this happened today, the offending player would possibly be banned for life.

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