BOSTON — Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic appeared in Boston Municipal Court Tuesday morning to face a judge following his weekend arrest stemming from a domestic incident involving his wife.
Lucic, a 17-year NHL veteran, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault and battery against a family member. He was ultimately released on personal recognizance and his return to court will take place on January 19, 2024.
The victim said Lucic couldn’t find his cell phone after returning home from a night of drinking and began yelling and demanding the phone, the prosecutor said. The victim told Lucic she didn’t know where the phone was and tried to walk away when he allegedly grabbed her hair and pulled it back.
Dressed in a black suit, black tie and white shirt, Lucic was led by court officers into the courtroom, where prosecutors detailed the facts and circumstances of his arrest.
Officers responding to a report of an assault and battery at 50 Battery Street in Boston shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday spoke in the building’s lobby with Lucic’s wife, who said that her husband tried to strangle her, a prosecutor said, reading from a document. Report from the Boston Police Department.
A police officer noted that he observed redness on the victim’s chest and that she stated that Lucic did not attempt to strangle her during the incident, according to the prosecutor.
The officer and a sergeant then went to Lucic’s apartment, where he “appeared drunk when he opened the door,” the prosecutor said. There was also said to be a broken lamp on a nightstand and shards of glass on the floor of his bedroom.
“He told officers nothing had happened and made no attempt to provide any explanation,” police wrote of Lucic in the report.
Lucic was informed of the allegations against him and was taken into custody without incident.
On Saturday, the Bruins announced that Lucic was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team following a “situation.”
“Milan is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. The organization takes these matters very seriously and we will work with the Lucic family to provide them with any support and assistance they may need,” the team’s statement read.
“We support the Lucic family and we will continue to provide support and assistance,” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery told media ahead of Boston’s game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Montgomery said he hadn’t spoken with Lucic and that Saturday was an abnormal day in the organization.
“Our culture here is great and we care about each other,” remarked the second-year Bruins head coach. “So with that, it’s not a normal day but we are professionals and we have a game to play tonight.”
Drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Lucic spent the first eight years of his career in Boston before splitting the next eight years between the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames .
Lucic signed a one-year, $1,000,000 contract this summer to return to Boston, likely the capstone of his career.
Lucic led the Bruins with 30 goals during their 2010-11 championship season and his physical and lethal presence on the black and gold’s forward lines quickly made him a favorite among Boston fans.
Lucic was placed on long-term IR on October 28 after taking a puck to the ankle.
As per his bail conditions, Lucic must avoid consuming alcohol until the case is resolved.
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