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Milan Lucic
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Milan Lucic  #17

Boston Bruins  Left Wing
NUMBER: 17 BIRTHDATE: June 7, 1988  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Vancouver, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 235 DRAFTED: BOS / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (50th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Lucic has been a central figure in the Bruins' dominance in the first half this season, earning a spot on the club's top line with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel and evoking memories of Bruins legend Cam Neely among the Boston faithful with his thundering hits and scoring ability. <br /> <br /> It's been a quick rise for the 20-year-old Vancouver native. In June 2007, Lucic was voted MVP of the 2007 Memorial Cup as his Vancouver Giants captured the title; captained Team Canada in the eight-game Summit Series, a match-up of top Canadian and Russian junior players in September, 2007; made the Bruins roster later that month as a 19-year-old despite retaining junior eligibility; and was named to the NHL YoungStars Game during All-Star Weekend in Atlanta last January. The 6'4&quot;, 220-pound Vancouver native finished his rookie NHL season with 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 77 games and is on pace to easily surpass those totals this season. <br /> <br /> Known for his toughness, Lucic broke his nose in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers last season, only to return to the game after repairing and resetting his nose in the locker room. Bruins forward Marc Savard commented on that night: &quot;He came off and his nose was under his eye. Every time he went out, he came back bleeding. Then he put on the shield and he couldn't see out of it. It was one of the toughest nights I've ever seen in the NHL.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his style of play: &quot;I guess you could say that my style of play kind of fits the bill for a Boston Bruin. It's probably the best place I could have come out of all 30 teams ... Just look up at the rafters at all the guys who've gotten their numbers retired. It's all guys who played hard-nosed hockey, in-your-face hockey. It's a very successful style, and I think an entertaining style.&quot; <br /> <br /> On playing in the YoungStars game last season as a rookie: &quot;Sometimes you sit back and think about it all, how lucky you are to be in this League. I was just trying to make it tough for (the Bruins to send him back to the Giants at the start of the season). I never thought I'd be here right now. But I never thought it wasn't possible, either.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference: &quot;He's looking huge as ever. Hopefully he can be a monster like he was last year. Some of the other guys at [Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew's charity golf tournament] who didn't see him play the first year commented, 'Geez, this kid's huge.' He was the new kid on the block. Not many guys saw him out west.&quot; <br /> <br /> Boston GM Peter Chiarelli: &quot;Part of his job is to create space for himself and his teammates and be aggressive on the forecheck. But he has a nice touch, too, and over time I think he'll recognize that he can shoot more. I think he's learning how to use the time and space. It's a process and he'll keep improving, providing he keeps up the physical play. ... We all like the way he plays and he's getting better all the time. <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=395455">Lucic endearing himself to fans from all over</a><br /> <a href="http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=7963f977-a7ad-4a9a-a961-a6176ff86782">Enter Milan: Welcome home, tough guy</a><br /> <a href="http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/sports/canucks/story.html?id=91c26606-1a1c-46b5-b9cd-8f92858cdbe0">Lucic Finally At Home</a><br /> <a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2008/10/26/clearly_his_spot_is_the_slot/">Clearly, his spot is the slot</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://bruins.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=29953">BruinsTV: Rock Band Competition</a><br /> <a href="http://bruins.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=27422">BruinsTV: Lucic Profile</a><br /> <br />
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