Home sweet home for Lucic

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Home sweet home for Lucic

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.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.