Jack Edwards has given hockey fans plenty of memorable soundbites over the years, yet prominent agent Allan Walsh thinks the Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer crossed the line on Thursday night when Dallas Stars defenceman Roman Polak went down injured.
Polak crashed awkwardly into the boards while attempting to lay the body on Bruins forward Chris Wagner midway through the second period. As soon as Polak went down, Edwards’s colour commentator Andy Brickley said the injury “looked self-induced” and Edwards followed that up by saying it had “a little bit of bad hockey karma.”
Both comments happened before medical staff began attending to Polak, who was eventually stretchered off the ice.
“I have tremendous respect for the Bruin players that sent best wishes. All class,” Walsh tweeted early Friday. “As for Jack Edwards, to say Roman’s injury was ‘bad hockey karma’ while he was laying on motionless on the ice, you are truly a piece of (expletive) and an absolute disgrace.”
“The good news is Roman has full use of his extremities and we feel he’s pretty good at the hospital,” Stars head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters after the game. “But we don’t have results yet. We’re hopeful he may be a player in a couple days.”
Dallas announced Friday afternoon that Polak had suffered a small fracture of his sternum and will be evaluated in one week.
The Stars also lost forwards Blake Comeau (lower-body injury) and Jason Dickinson (upper-body injury). The Bruins won the game 2-1 in regulation.
On Friday, Edwards was asked about his comment and he isn’t backing down.