Milan Lucic, one of many Bruins’ most recognizable and well-liked gamers each contained in the dressing room and out, was arrested on Friday evening for an alleged home incident in Boston.
It is Lucic’s second stint with the B’s. A member of the 2011 Stanley Cup workforce, the 35-year-old Lucic had performed eight years with the B’s earlier than being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. He spent eight years with the Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames earlier than re-signing with the B’s in what had been one of many feel-good tales of the summer season.
He has been out of the lineup with a decrease physique damage since Oct. 21.
“We’re aware of the Looch situation and as an organization it’s something we take extremely seriously. Looch is taking a leave of absence from the team right now. We support the Lucic family and we will continue to provide support and help for the Lucic family,” mentioned coach Jim Montgomery, echoing the workforce’s assertion.
Captain Brad Marchand was drafted in the identical season as Lucic in 2006 and has been a good good friend with the Vancouver-born Lucic ever since. He vowed to lend assist anyway the workforce can.
“We’re obviously aware of what happened (Friday) night with Looch. The biggest thing for us is we care a lot about their family. We’re a family in here,” mentioned Marchand. “We’re all very, very close. We’re also very concerned for them and what they’re going through. But we have a lot of support for Brittany (Lucic’s wife) and the kids and for Looch himself. And because of that, out of respect for them, that’s got to be it for now (for comment). We don’t really have any of details. We don’t know a whole lot of what’s happened, what’s gone on, so it’s very hard to comment on much of it. But obviously, I’ve known Looch for a long time. He’s a very god friend. It’s tough to see your friends and your teammates going through stuff like this and heir family. Yeah, definitely worried about Brit and the kids and Looch himself. But they have all the support in the world. Anything they need, we’re going to be here for them. But until we know more stuff, it’s tough to comment on.”
Lucic had been questioned in regard to an identical incident in 2011 however no expenses had been filed.
The incident will not be one thing that may be ignored or swept below the rug, however the B’s do have a job to do. How precisely they’re ready to do this stays to be seen.
“It’s a really good question, because our culture here is great and we care about each other. So with that, it’s not a normal day,” mentioned Montgomery. “But we’re professionals and we have a game to play tonight. We have to get ready for that.”
Said Marchand: “With things like this, we’re all people. They obviously have an effect on you. But the biggest thing we can do is come in and do our job. We have to come in and just focus on the game. I think the biggest thing is just staying in the moment. It’s something we’ve always preached in here. So when you come to the rink, you look at he game notes and start reminding yourself what you need to do to be successful, just try to be in the moment and focus on our jobs. Obviously, there’s times where you can control that better than others, but you just come to the rink ever day and compete and try to do the best we can.”