WILMINGTON – Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic said he was the victim of an unprovoked attack Saturday night in downtown Vancouver after the game against the Canucks.
Video of the altercation outside of a nightclub has gone viral on the internet.
No punches can be seen on the video, but Lucic said his attacker punched him twice, once inside the club and once outside, and he did not retaliate. He said he is looking into his legal options and said he will never again set foot downtown in his hometown.
“Unfortunately, everyone’s seen the video that’s out,” Lucic said after the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena Monday. “It’s something that happened late Saturday night and it’s something I’m not proud of, but it was part of an unprovoked attack. I was punched in the face on two separate occasions. From this point forward, I’m just exploring to pursue this in a legal manner. I was the victim of the attack. I did not engage in the attack. I showed restraint by not retaliating in a physical manner. There was no reason for him to punch me but he did and that’s all I can really say right now.”
Lucic said he doesn’t know the man and that there was no verbal altercation before the man punched him the first time.
“It sucks being in that situation, but then again, you’ve got to take ownership of it and know that it happened because you were in that situation,” he said. “We came off a good road trip and wanted to, I guess, blow off some steam and have some fun and unfortunately it had to end the way that it did. Hopefully it’s not a distraction toward the team further after today.”
He said it’s sad that he can’t go out in his hometown without incident but if he has to stay out of the area, that’s what he plans to do.
“That’s one of the worst parts, it’s in my hometown,” he said. “Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents and parents and family getting harassed during the [Stanley Cup] finals against the Canucks in 2011, and now it’s escalated to a point where I get attacked for just minding my own business. I have no reason left to defend my city and then the people of my city. I’m just disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that. As far as that goes, other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.”