This article contains references to allegations of domestic violence
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic was arrested and charged in connection with an alleged domestic incident early Saturday morning.
More details emerged on Monday. The Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reports. “A 911 call was received Friday night reporting that Mr. Lucic attempted to strangle his wife, Brittany, after an argument allegedly turned physical.”
Lucic was arraigned on Tuesday and has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery on a family member. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for January 19th.
According to a copy of the police report obtained by boston globe, Lucic’s wife Brittany also claims that Lucic pulled her hair, and a police officer who responded to the scene noted that “the victim’s chest area was red.” According to the police report, Brittany said Lucic couldn’t find her phone after she got home and she “started yelling at him to give her phone back.”
She reportedly told Lucic that she didn’t have her cell phone and didn’t know where it was, and when she tried to walk away from him, the 35-year-old man “grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back.” .
Police added that the Bruins forward appeared to be “intoxicated” when he answered the door upon arriving at the residence. After informing Lucic of his arrest, police took the NHL veteran to his bedroom and when they took him to the station to get his clothes, they found shards of glass on the floor and a broken nightstand. I noticed a lamp.
The Bruins announced Saturday that Lucic would be leaving the NHL. According to the newspaper, Lucic will also participate in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Bruins reporter Steve Conroy.
“Milan will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team,” the Bruins’ statement read.
“The organization takes this matter very seriously and will work with the Lucic family to provide any necessary support and assistance. We have no further comment at this time.”
captain of the bruins brad marchand He also commented on the arrest of his teammates in the hours following the incident:
“The biggest thing for us is that we care so much about their families.” Marchand he told reporters on Saturday. “We’re a family here and we’re all very, very close, so obviously we’re very concerned and upset about what they’re going through.”
“We support Brittany a lot. [Lucic’s wife] And the children, and Lucic himself. I have respect for them so that’s it for now,” he added.
Lucic, sidelined with an ankle injury since Oct. 21, re-signed with Boston on a one-year deal this offseason after spending the first eight years of his career with the Bruins.