Ray Bourque calls out a notable Sports Hub personality on-air
19 Dec 1998: Ray Bourque #77 of the Boston Bruins in action during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Red Wings 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Steve Babineau /Allsport
During this morning’s Toucher & Rich program, NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque was asked which media member was the toughest time to deal with during his playing days.
The answer might not surprise anybody.
“He may be working at this station.” Bourque said.
The former Boston Bruin was referring to Michael Felger.
Michael Felger from NBC Sports Boston Simulcast
“Mike was tough, I tell ya. He was tough. I got to give it to him because he’s consistent and he hasn’t changed but that’s credit to him” he said while in-studio. “He’s always looking for something.”
Rich Shertenlieb: The blessing and curse of playing hockey in Boston is that A.) you’re a superstar when you play hockey for the Bruins. There’s a ton of people paying attention. Everywhere you go, People know who you are. The curse part of it are some of the people who cover the team can be told to be agitators and a-holes. Who was the person you had the toughest time in the media when they were covering the team? Like who got in the locker room? And you’re like, “Oh, not this guy again”.
Ray Bourque: So he may be working at this station.
Rich Shertenlieb: No, I think definitely.
Ray Bourque: Mike was tough, I tell ya. He was tough. I got to give it to him because he’s consistent and he hasn’t changed but that’s credit to him. He is who he is and you kind of recognize that and it’s like, you know, every once in a while I spoke to Mike a little bit, I’m like, ‘come on, can you just…’ Always looking for something. And I was like, ‘Come on, cut it out’. To this day, I listen and he’s very consistent and he’s really good at what he does.
Rich Shertenlieb: I got to think, you know, you’re getting off the ice. You just had basically almost had your bones broken. You’ve been driven into boards, very physical game. The normal human being would be seeing red. How is there not a time where you almost want to bow up to a guy like Michael Felger when you see him in the locker room?
Ray Bourque: It’s once in a while for him. Sometimes there’s questions that are ask and you don’t even have to say anything. You just give the person a look and it’s like the silence says it all.