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Lucic's Return to Beantown

By: Audrey Fields

Edited By: Kylie Augis

Courtesy of Milan Lucic

Although the offseason means little to no on ice action for the players, it has been quite an eventful summer in the NHL. Not only for players who are vacationing, welcoming new members of their families, or even just enjoying the time at home; but for those who are free agents or are making deals with NHL franchises. Many teams are trading and acquiring new players, and some players are even returning to their former organizations. Former Boston Bruins player Milan Lucic, for example, will be making his return to the franchise in the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Career Recap

Lucic was drafted into the NHL in 2006 as 50th overall by the Boston Bruins. He made his playing debut in the 2007-08 season, and has played for multiple teams since then. In his first season in the National Hockey League Milan scored eight goals, totalled twenty seven points, and got thirteen fighting majors. The Bruins kept Lucic for many years until he was signed by the Los Angeles Kings in June 2015. He had a great season in LA, but shortly after went to play for the Edmonton Oilers. This was not his only time playing in a major game representing Canada, as in 2023 Lucic played for the Canadian national team at the world championships. Team Canada defeated the German national team 5-2 in the final, taking home the gold. After Edmonton he moved to play with the Calgary Flames franchise, during which he played in his 1000th NHL career game. He had been with the Flames since 2019, but just signed a one year contract with his first team again.

Back to Beantown

With the signing of his current contract which will begin in just a few short months, Lucic has already shared his excitement with his fans. He has been very active on social media posting about being back in Boston, reposting official Bruins’ posts, and even buying himself a Boston Bruins hat the day before the signing to commemorate the occasion. He has made it very clear that Boston is an important place that has been near and dear to his heart since the beginning of his NHL career, and his teammates are recognizing this as well. Recently, he met up with Bruins right wing David Pastrnak and his newborn baby girl, Freya Ivy. The two embraced in a video shared by the Boston Bruins organization and chatted about Lucic’s return to the city. Needless to say, fans and players alike will be welcoming Milan “Looch” Lucic back in the city and the Boston black and gold this season with open arms and hopeful minds.

Courtesy of Vancouver Giants

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