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Lucic’s day to be private

Bitter Vancouver fans thwart public display of Stanley Cup

MILAN LUCIC Celebration will go on MILAN LUCIC
Celebration will go on
By Jim Hoban
Globe Staff / August 13, 2011

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Milan Lucic planned on hoisting the Stanley Cup tomorrow at a public appearance in his hometown. The fans of Vancouver had a different plan.

Lingering resentment from Canucks fans forced Lucic’s day with the Cup to be a private celebration.

The Bruins defeated the heavily favored Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 in Vancouver to win the Cup and the city hasn’t gotten over it.

Posters of Lucic, an East Vancouver native, were defaced at a cultural community center, and at a Greek festival this summer, Lucic’s presence was enough to incite a brawl, although the bruising Bruins winger did not throw punches, the Vancouver Sun reported.

“There is a certain amount of tension right now,’’ Lucic’s mother, Snezana, told the paper. “It’s not all of Vancouver, just certain individuals.’’

Bruins president Cam Neely, also from Vancouver, had the Cup in Maple Ridge, British Columbia Friday without incident. Maple Ridge is northeast of Vancouver.

“Some people are still not over the loss, which to a degree is understandable, but I certainly hope it doesn’t ruin Milan’s day,’’ Neely told CTV.ca. “He’s proud to be from Vancouver, and he wants to share the Cup with his family and friends in Vancouver.’’

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