NHL’s Lucic says he was attacked outside Vancouver club
Published Monday, December 16, 2013 12:11PM PST
Last Updated Monday, December 16, 2013 8:28PM PST
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic says he’s mulling legal action after apparently being attacked outside a downtown Vancouver nightclub after Saturday night’s loss against the Vancouver Canucks.
Someone videotaped Lucic in a profanity-laced argument with another man on Granville Street at 4 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Vancouver native told reporters Monday he’s done with the city after what he calls an unprovoked attack.
"I have no reason left to try and defend my city, and the people of my city. I'm done trying to defend the city I’m from. I'm disgusted and outraged that it had to come to that. Other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again,” he said during a media scrum.
In the video (warning: foul language), which was posted to YouTube, Lucic and another man exchange words in front of Vancouver police, who had arrived on scene.
“You know who you’re f**ing with mother f**er?” Lucic asks the other man. “I’ll f**ing kill you.”
“He hit me three times,” the power forward tells the officer on scene. No fighting can actually be seen in the video.
Lucic played in a 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks earlier Saturday night at Rogers Arena.
This isn’t the first time Lucic has been a target in his hometown. In February 2012, someone spraypainted the walls of his family’s church, writing “f**k Lucic” and “Go Canucks Go.”
Team 1040 Canucks hockey host Blake Price believes Lucic is fed up.
“I think he's frustrated that he becomes a target as a Vancouver guy. But I think I think he's a Bruin first and foremost and then a Vancouver guy and people see the ‘B’ before they consider his birthplace.”