Jack Edwards

Boston broadcaster Jack Edwards compares hockey player to assassin

Pittsburgh Pebguins Matt Cooke

During the nationally televised NHL game between the Penguins and Bruins on Saturday, Boston announcer Jack Edwards compared Penguins Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan.

Edwards first said that Cooke, “assassinated the career of Marc Savard” and followed up with, "Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year."

Edwards blames Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins for ending the career of injured Boston center Marc Savard.

Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in 1969 for the assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Edwards is a regional announcer for Boston based NESN. The feed of the game was being carried nationwide by the NHL network because of the significance of two of the top teams in the conference playing each other.  The game was also significant because it had been postponed and rescheduled in the aftermath of the Boston bombings.

With the world trying to relax a bit from the events of the week, and turning to sports to do that, comparing Cooke to the man who murdered Senator Robert Kennedy was as out of touch, insensitive, and tasteless, as one could get.

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