Lucic's family church vandalized with Canucks graffiti
Published Friday, February 17, 2012 8:32AM PST
A Serbian Orthodox Church in Burnaby attended by Boston Bruins left-winger Milan Lucic and his family has been defaced with obscene graffiti and misspelled Canucks bolstering.
The words "F*** Lucic" and "Go Canuks Go (sic)" turned up crudely-scrawled in black spray paint Saturday night on the front and back of the Saint Michael the Archangel church.
Church officials say they understand why some fans could still be sore from Vancouver's heartbreaking loss in the Stanley Cup final last June, but can't comprehend why anyone would deface their place of worship.
"This is still a church. We have nothing to do with hockey game," church council president Petar Atamackovic said.
Lucic was born in Vancouver, playing for the Giants before being drafted into the NHL, and brought Lord Stanley's cup home last year after the Bruins' victory.
Though the iconic trophy was largely kept private, the power forward carried it through the same church now marked with his name.
Lucic's father Dobro, who said his family was also harassed last year while the Canucks battled for the cup, called the vandalism disappointing.
"Whoever did it, that's not true Canucks fan, or hockey fan," he said.
Church secretary Ljubomir Kotur said the church was painted just a few months ago, and the graffiti will cost $5,000 to cover up.
"We all cheer for Canucks and we are all Canucks fans and there is no reason to destroy this beautiful church, which is part of this beautiful city," Kotur said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Nafeesa Karim