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The Players' Tribune - Milan Lucic: A Letter to Boston

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Milan Lucic returns to Boston for the first time since the trade that brought him to Los Angeles on June 16, 2015 when the Kings take on the Bruins Tuesday night at the TD Garden.

READ: The Players' Tribune - A Letter to Boston

Lucic spent eight seasons with the Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup in 2011, the fans and the city of Boston being the only base he’d known during his NHL career until his transition to the Kings over the summer.

An emotional move? Absolutely.

The end of the world? Far from it.

“Well, if I really have to move on, if there’s one place I could pick to go, it would be Los Angeles,” Lucic said. “Two Cups in three years. Physical style. Sick jerseys. Closer to my family in Vancouver.”

Lucic will be on the visiting side Tuesday night when the Kings embark on a crucial season-long seven-game road trip which kicks off in Boston, expected to play the steady role he’s filled since his arrival.

But on this night, the power forward will battling memories, emotions, his former team.

“Coming back to the Garden for the first time this week, I’ll be battling the butterflies, for sure,” Lucic said. “Who knows, maybe I’ll just go out there and drop the mitts just to get the blood flowing. For old time’s sake.”

“Boston: Thank you. For everything.”

Read Lucic's full letter to Boston on The Players' Tribune HERE.

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