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Lucic clarifies anti-Vancouver remarks, says he’s ‘proud to be from there’

Dec 18, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

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In the wake of poutine-gate (trademarked it, sorry), Milan Lucic‘s had some time to think — and he’s decided to re-embrace the city of Vancouver.

Here’s his official statement, from the Bruins’ website:

This has been a very difficult week for me given the recent events that took place in my hometown of Vancouver. As I have had more time to think I want to make it clear that regardless of what has happened, I am still — and always will be — proud to be from there.

It is home.

While the actions of a few individuals have deeply upset me and will impact the time I spend downtown going forward, I will not let those incidents diminish the love and pride I have for the city as a whole. This will be my final comment on this subject.

Lucic denounced Vancouver this week after video footage surfaced of him in an verbal and physical altercation outside of a restaurant — Mean Poutine, which features a dish named after Lucic — following Boston’s 6-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday. Lucic claimed he was the “victim of an attack” and suggested he would be exploring his legal options.

“I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city,” Lucic said, as per the Vancouver Sun. “I’m disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that.

“So, as far as that goes, other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again … I’ve been downtown Vancouver 50, 60 times and I’ve never even come close to an altercation. But this one obviously ended in one.”

This wasn’t the first time Lucic had issues with Vancouver. In February 2012, his hometown church was vandalized with “Go Canucks” tags and, during the ’11 Cup Final, there were reports of people harassing his grandparents in Rogers Arena.

“That’s one of the worst parts. It’s in my hometown,” Lucic told the Sun. “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, it’s escalated to a point where I get attacked for just minding my own business.”

  1. 950003cups - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Screw’em Lucic! Tell them how you really feel!

    We all know you wanna say “Vancouver can lick my new shiny Boston nuggets in Macy’s window on Christmas Eve”

    • micasa81 - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      LOL

      • yvrmike - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        Hey Luch u still need to apologize for what u said and what u did.
        It’s all your fault be a man and live up to it.
        Cameras all over Granville street and at the bars don’t lie.
        Wonder what u say and do when Bostonians ask to buy u a drink

  2. matthews4 - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Yeah, I guess what Marchy did was so classless. I know that there are always a few in a crowd that make the whole city look bad, but damn. I mean you start to think maybe if this is how they are treated when they are in Vancouver perhaps there is justification for giving some of it back.BTW this makes the city look like a bunch of hypocrites crying over a gesture, when Bruins are allegedly being physically accosted downtown.
    Just Saying……

    • imleftcoast - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      It doesn’t make the city look like anything. If it did, then all Boston fans are racists for the things said to Suban.

      • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        that’s right …

        what does make our city of Vancouver look bad is when 100,000 ‘plus’ jerks revel in a ‘narcissistic’ sea of utter chaos, violence and destruction (ie: a la June of 2011) … Marchand’s behavior was ‘childish’ at best and the actions of a lone Vancouver jerk are hardly comparable … 100,000 ‘plus’ jerks on the other hand, is quite a different story …

        ps: it’s quite understandable for Lucic to recant his earlier remarks, given that he still has loved ones living here … anyone else would do the same thing …

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        Huh?

        You should also spell his name correctly.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:49 AM

        You mean Ward?

  3. dropthepuckeh - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Mike and Jason love the Vancouver talk, even if its a non-event. Pay more attention to the thugs vandalizing a church and less on demonizing a rival player perhaps? I can’t imagine what this would be like if the Bruins actually played the Canucks more frequently in the regular season….

    • hockey412 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      You’re saying that Lucic would get violent on the ice in order to avenge these incidents? Seriously?

  4. blackandorangeforlife - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Nothing wrong with what he said then or now…..One was in the heat of the moment…..The other is with time think!

  5. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    poutine-gate, i like that…

    some people get a lawn full of flamingos…some burning crosses…can’t blame looooch…local hero…no respect…

    and harassment at rogers arena…what’s new…i once saw a guy thrown out for wearing a flames jersey and of all things, cheering for flames…imagine…?

    before the dust settled, it took four beefy security guards and a pair of cops to get him out…the carnage was wonderful…my kid rounded-up eighteen dollars in loose change, a solid gold cigarette case complete with four buddhas bundled in big bambú and a pass to the best whorehouse in spuzzum…

    terse public address announcements some minutes later, requested full return of the policeman’s property…

    fun was had by all

    • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      True story from the fall of 1974 …

      15 year old Blomfeld and his ‘cool’ friends went off to the Coliseum to see an exhibition game between the hometown Canucks and the Kings … we were armed with various ‘massive’ home-made banners which read among other things …

      – LA HAS THE FASTEST CARR !

      – CLEAR THE TRACK, HERE COMES KOZAK !

      – BOB BERRY, THE KING OF KINGS !

      – THE CANUCKS ARE QUEENS !

      after some discussion with security, we ended up being allowed to array ‘all’ of our banners there in the Coliseum on Renfrew Street, except for the one about the Canucks being Queens … of course that was ‘then’ and this is now … but I’ll never forget that night, as we were ‘talked about’ after the game by Bob Miller and crew on the King’s post game radio show ! :)

  6. crazemastercraze - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Dummy had to be coached by a bruins PR team

  7. slysipops - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    THE VANCOUVERS FOLKS TELL LUCIC….. IT’S TOO LATE NOW…………….

    • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Could Slysipops be a Communist ?

      Friends, I personally don’t think so … and if anyone were to pose that question to me, then rest assured that I’d strike them with the ‘fist of truth’ in no uncertain terms ! Anyway, I believe that Slysipops is supposed to be some sort of a Blackhawks supporter ? So let’s take a knee here eh and offer he and his crew all the best ?

      “Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole hearts; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name, Amen.”

      Slysipops and his beloved Blackhawks:

  8. hockey412 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    I am one of the biggest Lucic haters you’ll find. But I feel for him and his family on this one. I think in both cases his emotions were justified. No knock on the fans of Vancouver, outside of the ones starting this stuff, but I think pointing it out the way he did the first time was clearly justified.

  9. amityvillefun - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Vancouver should be proud of Milan. He’s a hometown boy that won the Stanley Cup and has become one of the best power forwards in the game!

    The city of Vancouver needs a PR makeover. After the 2011 riots, the desecration of his church, his grandparents being harassed in the finals, and now getting punched by the local idiots, the impression being communicated is that Vancouver is NOT a good place to be. These are some pretty despicable acts!

    Listen, I’m sure that there are plenty of really good people in Vancouver, but when a successful guy who has called the place home has had to endure such nonsense, well, like it or not, it reflects upon the whole community. This how you treat a hometown boy who has made something of himself?

    I’m somewhat glad Milan has recanted his original blanket statement about the city, but I would say the onus is on Vancouver now to return a gesture of goodwill (and an apology perhaps) to a guy that did nothing wrong other than getting drafted by an opposing team.

    • hockey412 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Yeah….no offense, but Boston needs a bit of a makeover itself – bunch of glass houses there, so be careful.

  10. pastabelly - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Nothing good can happen on the streets of any city at 4 am. I’m a big Lucic fan, but he needs to be smarter than to get in a setting like that. This isn’t about about Vancouver or Boston.

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