By Kevin Walsh
Comcast SportsNet New England
VANCOUVER On Thursday, I visited Milan Lucic's home in East Vancouver. It's a nice neighborhood that's undergoing a lot of changes. The smaller, older homes are being torn down for larger and newer ones. The Lucic's did the same thing. They tore down the old house a few years back, and built a bigger one on the same lot. It's a middle-class neighborhood that's trending upward fast.
Milan's dad, Dobro, is a man's man. If he grew a beard, he could pass for theDosEquis Most Interesting Man in the World.HisEnglish is accented from his native Serbia. He's somewhat self conscious about that, but I understood him just fine. Hiszest for life, pride in Milan, and body language more than make up forwhat's lost in translation.
Looch's room is cool. It's small, with a big bed in the middle. On the wall are framed pictures of him:junior championship, first NHL goal andpuck, a fighting photo from hisdays with the Vancouver Giants, and a three shot of the Lucic brothers. Jovan is the oldest, Nick the youngest, Milan is in the middle.
Nick and Milan look a lot alike. Jovan is a professional DJ who makesCDs that Lucic shares with other Bruins. Tyler Seguin says Loochis the team's music master. Not true says Mike Giardi. "It's Johnny Boychuk."
I'm going with Tyler, even if hetried to "teach me how toDougie" tosalsamusic after Game 7 against TampaBay.
Next door to the Lucic's, an older man who's primary language is Chinese,showed me with his hands (starting low and finishing high) that Milan has grown up and grown very tall -- 6'4" to be exact.
Across the street lives the Thomas family. The Thomas kidsplayed with the Lucic childrengrowing up. Dean Thomas, who's about 50-years-old,almost cried when I asked him how proud he was of Milan.
"He has the heart of a lion.Always has.We've waited 40 years for the Stanley Cup to come home to Vancouver.Whether it's the Canucks, or with Milan, we'll be very happy.And yes we will have a party," Mr. Thomas said.
The garage door in the back alley of the Lucic property has been repainted, and the side fence repaired. Bothonce looked about as goodas Sidney Crosby's dryer. It was good to be in Looch's hood. He's'good people' because he's surrounded by good people.