Vancouver, BC, Canada (4E Sports) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic said he was attacked unprovoked by a stranger twice in his hometown of Vancouver Saturday night after they lost 6-2 to the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
Lucic, 25, said the stranger punched him in the face twice, outside a nightclub and again inside.
He is pursuing legal action and is in contact with Vancouver police.
A bystander shot video of the incident shows Lucic in a verbal argument with someone.
“It’s something I’m not proud of, but it was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions — like I said, unprovoked,” Lucic said.
He noted that he showed restraint by not retaliating in a physical manner.”
Lucic , Boston’s top-line winger, said he has been in downtown Vancouver 50 to 60 times before and never even come close to an altercation until Saturday’s incident. He swears that no one will ever see him in downtown Vancouver again other than being at Rogers Arena.
The winger said this isn’t the first time he’s had to deal with off-ice issues in Vancouver because he plays for the Bruins.
After Bruins won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Canucks at Rogers Arena in 2011, Lucic’s grandparents, parents and other family members were all harassed, and the church his family belongs to was vandalized.
“I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city. I’m disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that,” said Lucic.
The Bruins had just completed a four-game trip and stayed the night in Vancouver before returning to Boston on Sunday.