NHL Hockey: Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic #17 – LW – Boston
POB: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Height: 6-4 Weight: 220lbs
NHL Seasons: 4
Drafted by Boston in 2006 (2/50)
Milan Lucic – the Vancouver native that most Vancouverites love to hate! Lucic became a household name in British Columbia not for his work with the Vancouver Giants – a team that he helped guide to the 2007 Memorial Cup but because of his work for the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
A series than Boston won in seven games and clinched at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Milan Lucic was born in East Vancouver to Serbian immigrants Dobrivoje Lučić and Snežana Kesa. He is the middle child in the family – Milan has an older brother Jovan and a younger brother Nikola.
Hockey was in his blood from Day 1 – his maternal Uncle Dan Kesa was a right winger in the NHL and played for such teams as the Canucks, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars.
Lucic is an alumnus of Killarny Secondary School in Vancouver and grew up idolizing his home town Vancouver Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi in particular. You have to be a special guy to emulate Todd Bertuzzi and Lucic fits the mold to a tee.
Lucic started his hockey playing days in Vancouver but it almost ended at an early age when he was passed over in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft.
He decided to try his luck in the BCHL with the Coquitlam Express but failed to make the team out of rookie camp. He then caught on with the Junior B Delta Ice Hawks where he lasted five games before being called up to the Coquitlam Express.
From the BCHL, Lucic went on to play for the Vancouver Giants from 2004-2007 but it wasn’t until the 2005-2006 season that he saw his role increase with the team. He had 19 points in 62 games in his first full year and added seven points in 18 playoff games on the way to the 2006 Memorial Cup.
It was that tournament that elevated Lucic in the eyes of the pro scouts and enabled him to be selected in the second round – 50th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. 2005-2006 saw Lucic return to the Vancouver Giants and the Memorial Cup Final.
Unfortunately, it resulted in a loss for Lucic who was names MVP of that tournament.
Lucic would join the Vancouver Giants’ Ring of Honor on February 25, 2011
The next chapter of Milan Lucic’s career was with the Boston Bruins and it started in the 2007-2008 season. His Pro debut came on October 5, 2007 in a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
His first goal was on October 12 against Jonathan Bernier –a game winner in an 8–6 win against the LA Kings.
His toughness (13 fights in his rookie season) allowed him to stay with the Big Club for the entire 2007-2008 season. Lucic would be selected to play in the Young Stars Game in his first two years in the league – he had arrived officially!
Milan Lucic scored eight goals with 19 assists in his rookie campaign, 17 goals and 42 assists in his second year and nine goals and 11 assists in an injury-plagued 2009-2010 season.
That brings us to 2011-2012 – a season that will live forever in Lucic’s mind. He scored 30 goals that season, added 32 assists and led the Bruins in both categories.
Lucic had landed as a viable Top-flight NHL player. He would go onto tally 12 points (5 goals and 7 assists) during Boston’s amazing Stanley Cup Run and would hoist the Stanley Cup in his home-town playing for an enemy squad!
Lucic’s career stats as of the published date of article: