This story contains references to allegations of domestic violence
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic was arrested early Saturday morning and charged after an alleged domestic incident.
On Monday, more details were revealed when Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff reported that “a 911 call was made Friday night saying Lucic tried to strangle his wife, Brittany, after a verbal argument allegedly turned physical “.
Lucic was arraigned in court Tuesday, where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of battery against a family member. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 19.
According to a copy of the police report obtained by the Boston Globe, Lucic’s wife, Brittany, claims that Lucic also pulled her hair, while officers responding to the scene noted “redness on the victim’s chest.” According to the police report, Brittany said Lucic couldn’t find her cell phone after returning home and “started yelling at her, demanding her phone back.”
She told Lucic she didn’t have his phone and didn’t know where it was, according to the report, and began walking away from Lucic before the 35-year-old man stopped her. was “grabbed by the hair and pulled back”.
Police added that the Bruins forward appeared “intoxicated” when he opened the door when they arrived at the residence. After informing Lucic of his arrest, officers noticed shards of glass on the floor as well as a broken lamp on a nightstand as they escorted the NHL veteran to his room to collect clothes before to take him to the station.
The Bruins announced Saturday that Lucic was retiring from the NHL. Lucic is also expected to participate in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, according to Bruins reporter Steve Conroy.
“Milan is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team,” the Bruins’ statement read.
“The organization takes these matters very seriously and will work with the Lucic family to provide any support and assistance they may need. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Bruins captain Brad Marchand also commented on his teammate’s arrest in the hours following the incident:
“What matters most to us is that we care a lot about their family,” Marchand told reporters Saturday. “We’re a family here, we’re all very, very, very close, so we’re obviously very worried and upset for them because of what they’re going through.”
“We have a lot of support for Brittany (Lucic’s wife) and the kids and Lucic himself. With that respect for them, you know, that’s going to be it for now,” he added.
Lucic, who has been out with an ankle injury since Oct. 21, re-signed with Boston on a one-year deal last offseason after spending the first eight years of his career with the Bruins.