Vancouver Canucks fans still haven't forgiven Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic is persona non grata in his hometown, thanks to being a winner

12/17/13 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Dec 12, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic (17) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY SportsMilan Lucic was born and raised in Vancouver. Yet now, he's attacked when he's out in his hometown.

Why, exactly?

Because he's a winner, and Vancouver fans aren't. It's that simple, really.

Bruce Arthur wrote pretty extensively about Lucic's latest experiences when he visited his hometown during a Bruins road trip that went through Vancouver.

Lucic was out with a few teammates, when he was punched by a rowdy Canucks fan. Lucic didn't retaliate, despite the fact that he probably could have ended the guy's night pretty swiftly and easily.

But that's just the beginning. Lucic says there are a lot of other things they've done over the years:
"That’s one of the worst parts. It’s in my hometown. Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents and parents and family getting harassed during the final against the Canucks in 2011, 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 the people in my city. I’m disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that. So, as far as that goes, other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again."

That's about as bad as it gets, and it's unfortunate to hear any player say that about his hometown. The Bruins-Canucks rivalry has been pretty intense on the ice in the past few years, but the reaction from these fans is absolutely ridiculous.

Hopefully things calm down a little bit off the ice, and Lucic can once again enjoy going home again.
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12/17/13   |   billywa   |   658 respect

Normally, one would say this was a case of one bad apple spoiling the bunch but, as a whole, the city of Vancouver's failure to condemn this culture of thuggery (let's not forget those riots after their 94 and '11 Cup losses) is giving a huge black eye to a beautiful city. 

Could this have been prevented? Probably not. Is there something in the mind of a Vancouver resident that made him think he could get away with it (note the guy wasn't charged with assault by Vancouver PD)? Apparently so...