BostonBruins.com -- Any return to Vancouver is special for Milan Lucic
, but a return to British Columbia in the company of the Stanley Cup certainly raises the intensity of the experience.
"It's cool," said Lucic, enthusiastically. "I mean I'm the only guy who's bringing it back to where we won -- in my hometown.
"So that kind of makes this experience extra special.
"I have a connection with Vancouver and I obviously love the city and have a lot of respect for the city and the fans," he said.
Lucic's first stop was not a surprise to those who have followed his career.
"First I took it to the Serbian Cultural Center here, where the church is and I saw folks there," said Lucic. "I took it there because it's obviously a pretty good support group I get from...the Serbian people here.
"We have a pretty strong group [in Vancouver] and this year has been a pretty good yeat for us."
Milan and his fellow athletically inclined Serbian brethren have brought home the hardware.
"I won the Stanley Cup, Peja Stojakovic won the NBA championship and Novak Djokovic is doing what he's doing in tennis," said Lucic. "So it's been a good year for us, so I thought that'd be a pretty good idea."
Then Lucic and the Stanley Cup would take in the sights via boad.
"We're taking it on a boat cruise through Vancouver around Stanley Park there," said Milan. "I did that just because I thought that would be cool and everyone would enjoy something like that.
"Me and my family...really don't do stuff like that around here."
Finally, a private dinner party with family and friends on a local mountain with a Vancouver view will close out the festivities for Lucic.
"I have a great support group in my friends and family, and that's basically what today's about -- sharing it all with them," he said. "That's why I'm having more of these little private events.
"My family deserves to be around it more than anyone and I want them to enjoy it as much as I do."
If they do, it'll be another cherished Stanley Cup experience for Lucic.
"Oh yeah. Oh yeah," said said the forward when asked if the B's championship had lived up to his expectations.
"Obviously, I was fortunate enough to win the junior ranks and so I've gotten the feeling of winning, but this one by far was been a dream come true," said Lucic. "Nothing compares to this day and this whole experience.
"It's just unbelievable and that's why, going back and going into next year it makes you want to go through it again because it is such a special feeling."
As such, Lucic said he is just fine with the Bruins short summer.
"I'm okay with it for this reason," he said, emphatically.