Vancouver-born hockey star Milan Lucic is on leave from the Boston Bruins after an alleged “domestic incident.”
“The Boston Bruins are aware of the situation involving Milan Lucic Friday evening. Milan is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team,” the team said.
“The organization takes these matters very seriously, and we will work with the Lucic family to provide any support and assistance they may need.”
Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery made limited comments after the team’s morning skate Saturday, ahead of a game versus the Montreal Canadiens.
“We support the Lucic family,” he told reporters. “And we will continue to provide support and help for the Lucic family.”
He declined to make any further comment, saying he wished to respect the family’s privacy.
Sources told WCVB-TV in Boston Lucic had been arrested but didn’t share details of the incident. A Boston Police Department spokesperson told Postmedia he could neither confirm nor deny that Lucic had been arrested.
The police can wait as long as 10 days to release a police report after an incident, they told the Boston Herald.
Bruins captain Brad Marchand said the Bruins players didn’t have any details into the incident.
“The biggest thing for us is we care a lot about their family,” he said. “We’re a family in here. We’re all very, very close, so we’re also very concerned, you know, and upset for them and what they’re going through.
“We have a lot of support for Brittany (Lucic’s wife) and the kids and Lucic himself. Because of that respect for them, you know, that’s going to be it for now.
“We don’t really know a whole lot of what’s happened, what’s gone on, so it’s very hard to comment on much of it. Obviously, I’ve known Lucic for a long time. He’s a very good friend and it’s tough to see your teammates and your friends going through stuff like this and their family. Definitely worried about Britt and the kids and Looch himself.”
Marchand said he hadn’t spoken with Lucic.
It’s not the first time police have investigated the 35-year-old Lucic.
While playing for the Bruins in 2011, Lucic was questioned by police after witnesses reported Lucic yelling at a woman as she sobbed on the ground. Witnesses also alleged he threw her purse and a shoe at her.
According to a police report in early September 2011, Lucic was “highly intoxicated and hostile when officers questioned him.
“We had an argument. We’re fine. Why are you here at my house?” Lucic said to the officers when they arrived at his home for questioning, according to WBZ-AM. WBZ identified the woman as Brittany Carnegie, Lucic’s then girlfriend.
The couple married in August 2012 and are now parents to three children.
When the officers continued to question him about the incident he allegedly slammed his cellphone on the ground and asked, “Do you know who I am?” according to the report. Carnegie also downplayed the incident to police, according to the report, and saying it was merely an argument and that she wasn’t physically assaulted.
Lucic was not arrested over the incident.
Born and raised in East Vancouver, Lucic played for the Vancouver Giants from 2004 to 2007. He was drafted by the Bruins and made the NHL in 2007. He became one of the top power forwards in the NHL and played for the Bruins until 2015, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
Lucic signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers in 2016, turning down an offer by the Vancouver Canucks. After a strong first season in Edmonton, he struggled through two more with the Oilers before being traded to the Calgary Flames.
After three seasons in Calgary, he re-signed with Boston this summer. In four games with the Bruins this season he has no goals and two assists. He hasn’t played since Oct. 21 after taking a shot off his ankle.
Lucic helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, beating his hometown Vancouver Canucks. He played for Canada at the world championships last spring and won gold.
Lucic’s agent Gerry Johansson was travelling Saturday morning and not immediately available for comment.
— with a file from Steve Ewen
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