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Milan Lucic Says He Dreams Of Playing For The Vancouver Canucks

Milan Lucic Says He Dreams Of Playing For The Vancouver Canucks

‘Vancouver born and raised Milan Lucic is in the final year of his contract, and is gearing up to playing his first game as a member of the Los Angeles Kings after being traded by the Boston Bruins earlier this year.

Lucic will become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and hints at the possibility of joining the Vancouver Canucks, as he explains it’s been his dream to do so since he was a child.

In an interview with TSN 1410 Radio earlier this week, he was asked: “Do you think we’re ever going to see you here, in a Canucks jersey, ever?”

Lucic responded:

“[Laughs] I don’t know. I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen, moving on. I mean, I have one year left on my contract, and there’s a possibility that I can hit the UFA market. It’s obviously something that’s been a dream of mine since I’ve been a kid: To play in your hometown and play for the Canucks. But right now, the main focus is going down to L.A. and trying to make the most of that. If you look at the roster, we’re still a really deep team that has another chance to make a Cup run. Right now I’m more worried about that than anything else.”

The irony behind Milan Lucic’s statement of course is his rift with Canucks. Lucic was a member of the Bruins team that beat Vancouver in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals which was followed by a riot.

Two years later, a video surfaced of Lucic getting into a fight with a reported Canucks fan while standing outside a Vancouver nightclub. Following the incident, Lucic stated: “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.” and also adding “So as far as that goes, other than being in Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.”

He eventually backtracked the statement in a later interview and said “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.”

Lucic will visit Rogers Arena as a member of the L.A. Kings this season on Monday, December 28, 2015, and again on Monday, April 4, 2016.


Image via Bridget Samuels

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