Milan Lucic was understandably upset when he spoke on Monday about getting assaulted last weekend in Vancouver after the game between the Bruins and Canucks, and said – among other things – that he would never be seen in downtown Vancouver again besides at Rogers Arena.
The Bruins forward said he was punched in the face multiple times by the same assailant in the Granville Street area of Vancouver, and that he was pursuing things legally through the police. Coming on the heels of incidents involving his Serbian church in Vancouver being vandalized with graffiti and his family being harassed at Rogers Arena at Stanley Cup Final games in 2011, it seemed the assault was the final straw.
“I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city,” Lucic said after practice on Monday. “I’m disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that.”
Well, after thinking about it, it appears that Lucic has changed his mind on the city itself, and the people of Vancouver as a whole. Lucic has always been proud to be from the city of Vancouver, and it sounds like he’d like to keep it that way. Here is what Lucic said in a statement released by the Bruins:
"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."
The thinking was Lucic would eventually come to this conclusion after he cooled down after the entire regrettable incident, and it appears that it only took a couple of days for that to happen.