Bruins' Lucic the 'victim of an unprovoked attack' 0
Boston Bruins' hard man Milan Lucic says he was attacked at a Vancouver bar.
One day after video was posted online of Boston Bruins star Milan Lucic in an altercation outside a bar in his hometown of Vancouver, the rugged left-winger insisted he was the “the victim of an unprovoked attack.”
The Bruins completed a four-game road-trip with Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks and Lucic told reporters Monday in Boston that he was struck twice later that night by the same man, once inside a nightclub and again outside.
“Everybody has seen the video out,” Lucic said. “It's something that happened late last Saturday night and something that I'm not proud of, but it was something that was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions.
“I was the victim of the attack. I did not engage into the attack. As you can see in the video, I show restraint by not retaliating in a physical manner.”
Lucic added he is exploring his legal options.
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The online footage shows the 25-year-old Lucic and an unidentified man arguing before police arrive at the scene. In the video, Lucic asks his alleged attacker “Do you know who you're f------ with?”
On the ice, the Bruins and Canucks are bitter rivals thanks to their matchup in the Stanley Cup final in 2011, with Boston claiming the championship hardware courtesy a Game 7 triumph at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Although Lucic wouldn't comment on whether his attacker mentioned the Bruins, he had harsh words for his hometown. The 6-foot-3, 235 pound forward was raised in Vancouver and starred for the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants.
“That's one of the worst parts is it's in my hometown,” Lucic said. “Going back to the spray-painting of the church and my grandparents and parents and family getting harassed during the final against the Canucks in 2011, and now it's escalated to a point where I get attacked for just minding my own business, so I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city.
“I'm just disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that ... Other than being in Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.”