Bruins Announcer Jack Edwards Criticized for Unsportsmanlike Remark
BOSTON – In terms of how the Boston Bruins have been playing on the ice since their 2019-20 season began on Thursday, it is hard to ask for a much better start to the year. To open the season, the Bruins eked out a 2-1 win on the road over the Dallas Stars. They followed this up with a Jaroslav Halak-attended shutout on the road against the Arizona Coyotes with a 1-0 victory. At 2-0-0, the Bruins seem to be picking up right where they left off and they are going to be a fun team to watch this year.
Unfortunately, some unsavory things have been going on behind the scenes for the Bruins, specifically in terms of the broadcasting team in the NESN booth, as Andy Brickley and Jack Edwards have rightfully come under fire for comments they made during the Bruins-Stars game.
Roman Polak, a defenseman for the Stars, was chasing down Chris Wagner of the Bruins and when he tried to check him, Wagner dodged the move and Polak collided with the wall. He had to be carted off the rink and transported to a nearby hospital. Fortunately, the Stars have reported that Polak is going to be okay.
One thing that is definitely not okay was the call on the injury from the Bruins broadcast booth as Brickley remarked that the injury was "self-induced" and Edwards referred to it as "bad hockey karma." It's one thing to say that when it's a minor scuffle that left no players hurt. But when people were straight-up panicked about the safety and health of Polak, there's no need for that kind of call to be made.
Polak's agent, Allan Walsh, definitely seems to agree with this sentiment after he sent out a damning tweet directed at Edwards.
For whatever reason, Edwards has since come forward to say that he "stands by" the call he made, believing that Polak deserved what he had coming to him. That's just sickening, to be honest.
Edwards has been an excellent announcer for the Bruins since the 2005-06 campaign, but there is just no excuse to be made for this abhorrent call. There is especially no excuse when he decides to stubbornly stand by the call. Maybe the Bruins will keep up their classy play and they'll show Edwards how to act with respect in the NHL.
As for the actual Bruins team, they will look to move to 3-0-0 with a game on the road tomorrow night against the Vegas Golden Knights.