BOSTON (CBS) — Saturday night was a rough one for the Boston Bruins, who lost 6-2 to the Canucks, but it got even worse after the game for Milan Lucic.
The big Bruins winger, a native of the Vancouver area, went out in the city on Saturday night. A video of Lucic involved in a confrontation outside of a bar surfaced the following day, in which Lucic claims another man hit him multiple times. On Monday, Lucic addressed the situation and said he is fed up with his hometown.
“Other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again,” Lucic said on Monday, according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.
Lucic said that he was a victim of an “unprovoked attack” on Saturday night, where he was twice punched in the face. Lucic said he was out to “blow off steam” after the loss when he was attacked while “minding my own business.”
“I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city,” Lucic said, according to ESPN’s Joe McDonald. “I’m disgusted and outraged.”
Lucic was cheered in Vancouver when he lifted the Stanley Cup on the ice in June 2011, after the Bruins beat the Canucks in Game 7, but he’s had some incidents with his hometown. In February 2012, Lucic’s church — St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church — was vandalized by graffiti that said “[Expletive] Lucic” and “Go Canucks Go.” Fans also threw food at Lucic’s grandparents during the Stanley Cup Final in 2011. The Sporting News also reported that Lucic and his family “kept the [Stanley Cup] behind closed doors after a few minor incidents involving angry fans” during his day with the Cup.