Milan Lucic addressed the media about the street brawl video taken from an incident Saturday night in Vancouver that’s now gone viral. The Vancouver native called the incident “an unprovoked attack” and said that he’s following up on with the authorities in his hometown. He also expressed exasperation at the treatment he’s received there over the last few years.
He said he was struck once inside a nightclub, and then outside a nightclub when “he was trying to get food.”
The only “no comment” he gave was when he was asked whether the assailant said anything about him being a member of the Bruins before striking him, but otherwise the B’s power forward was as candid as always.
“I was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions," said Lucic, who explained that he did not know his attacker. "There was no reason for him to punch me. From this point forward we’re exploring this in a legal manner. That’s as much as I can say about it right now.
“It sucks to be in that situation, but you’ve got to take ownership of it and that it happened because you were in that situation. We came off a good road trip, and wanted to go out and blow off some steam . . . have a little fun. Unfortunately it ended the way it did, and hopefully it’s not a distraction to the team any further after today.”
Lucic reeled off a few other incidents that have occurred in Vancouver in recent years, specifically when vandals desecrated his Serbian church with graffiti after the Stanley Cup Finals, and when his grandparents were pelted with food during Cup Final games at Rogers Arena.
He said the Saturday night's assault was the final straw.
"That’s one of the worst parts . . . that it's in my hometown," Lucic said. "Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents, parents and family getting harassed during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, and now it’s escalated to the point where I get attacked for minding my own business.
"I have no reason left to try and defend my city, and the people of my city. I’m done trying to defend the city I’m from. I’m disgusted and outraged that it had to come to that. Other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien said he didn’t know much about Lucic incident in Vancouver aside from seeing the video that everybody else saw on the Internet. Julien said any discussions with his left winger would be “in house.”
- Joe Haggerty, CSN New England