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Vancouver? Milan has the answer

by Billy Jones / Boston Bruins
Lucic played for the Vancouver Giants before coming to Boston.

Boston, MA -- As a kid growing up in Vancouver, Canada, Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic never had the opportunity to welcome a member of the Vancouver Canucks to his school. But on Wednesday, 4th graders at the Louise Davy Trahan Elementary School got a chance to welcome him to theirs.

Lucic gave the lucky students a geography lesson on his hometown of Vancouver, which will host the Winter Olympics next month, and told them a little bit about the city itself.

“I obviously wanted them to know about Vancouver because that’s where I grew up and I am proud to be a Vancouverite,” Lucic said. “It’s a very nice city and it’s got ocean and mountains too, so it’s a real nice play to go visit and hopefully one day, they’ll get to go visit Vancouver.”

It was extra special for Lucic to educate the kids about his hometown and he showed it, especially when he was talking about how the city is going to welcome the Olympics.

“It’s great. I know everyone in the city is real excited,” he said. “I remember when they announced it back in 2001.

“It was a real exciting day for everyone and I know I was even excited, and hopefully I can get back there during the Olympic break and get to experience it a little bit.”

Lucic was at ease in front of the class of about 20 and afterwards was hopeful that the kids took something out of the lesson.

“I hope so,” he said, laughing. “I hope I did a good job running the class here for a bit.

“I hope they take something out of this and hopefully they are going to remember this for a long time.”

Lucic had a great time with the children and it was evident that they enjoyed themselves, too. They expressed their gratitude, as they lined the halls and cheered for Lucic as he left. 

“It’s kind of cool, especially at the end there when you’re leaving and all the kids are cheering and all that type of stuff,” Lucic said. “So it’s cool that people look up to you and for me you have to try and do everything you can and be a good model for the kids.”

For the 4th graders at Louise Davy Trahan Elementary School, it was a day that will not soon be forgotten.
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