Jack Edwards apologizes to Pat Maroon for body-shaming feedback

Jack Edwards and Pat Maroon chat within the dressing room forward of Boston’s sport in Tampa on Thursday. (Erik Erlendsson/Twitter)

Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards was in hot water again on Nov. 29 when a clip of him and NESN coloration commentator Andy Brickley went viral for physique shaming Tampa Bay Lightning ahead Pat Maroon.

Thursday night time would be the first time the 2 groups have met since Edwards’ feedback, and the announcer was noticed within the Lightning dressing room after their morning skate apologizing to Maroon in a non-public dialog that lasted greater than 10 minutes.

Lightning reporter Erik Erlendsson, who snapped the picture, would not share particulars of the dialog however stated “it isn’t precisely going nicely for Edwards.” The Athletic’s Joe Smith later added the 2 ended up shaking palms in the long run.

Affectionately known as “Huge Rig” by his teammates, the three-time Stanley Cup Champion heard about Edwards’ feedback within the dressing room following the sport.

“You simply don’t speak unhealthy about somebody like that for a minute straight, for no motive,” Maroon said on the time. “I get it — if we’re out on the ice and guys are chirping and guys are doing these issues, that’s a part of hockey. That’s a part of it. However somebody on nationwide TV when (doubtlessly) tens of millions of listeners are watching or tuned in, and he simply mainly minimize me down. Uncalled for, pointless. I don’t perceive why he did that.”

As a substitute of beginning a disagreement, Maroon as a substitute used the eye in a optimistic approach.

In Edwards’ identify, he donated $2,000 to Tampa Bay Thrives, a non-profit devoted to “aiding these combating psychological well being and substance use points by offering navigation, entry and consciousness.” In only a few days, he had raised greater than $50,000 for the trigger.

The Lightning and the Bruins have shared a comparatively latest however bitter rivalry. As two of the most effective groups within the Jap Convention over the previous few years, conferences between the 2 groups have all the time had an additional edge, resulting in bodily, playoff-intensity hockey in the course of the common season.

Tampa has gotten the higher of Boston on this new rivalry, profitable each the 2018 and 2020 convention semifinals in 5 video games.

Boston has gained each conferences towards Tampa Bay this season, taking the Nov. 29 contest 3-1 after beating them 5-3 per week prior.

The Bruins lead the Atlantic Division — and the NHL — with a staggering 38-5-4 document, sitting 19 factors above the Lightning, who’re third within the division with 61 factors.

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