Boston Bruins play-by-play commentator Jack Edwards issued an apology for comments that he made regarding Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke during the broadcast of the Bruins 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
Edwards, who works for NESN, compared Cooke to one of the most notorious criminals in American history.
"When the Pittsburgh writers nominated Matt Cooke for the Masterton award for dedication and perseverance to hockey, the justification being that Cooke had changed his ways after basically assassinating Marc Savard," Edwards said on NESN. "Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year. "
Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 and is serving life in prison.
Following the game, Edwards posted an apology message on his twitter account.
"I am sorry for insulting Matt Cooke, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the National Hockey League, and anyone else upset by my Cooke comments," Edwards said in series of three tweets. "I made a mistake. My fault all the way. This is my apology. Bad week, bad emotional reaction by me. Not fun to make a mistake. I made a mistake. I am sorry for it. I can move forward if you can."
Cooke escaped suspension for a blind-side hit on Savard in March of 2010, which led the NHL to change the rules on the same type of hit in the following year. Savard suffered a concussion on the play and would not return to action until the post-season.
Cooke was selected as the 2012 Masterton Trophy nominee for the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.