The Boston Bruins announced that forward Milan Lucic will be taking “an indefinite leave of absence” after he was reportedly arrested following an alleged incident of domestic violence.
“The Boston Bruins are aware of an incident involving Milan Lucic Friday evening. Milan is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. The organization takes these matters very seriously, and will work with the Lucic family to provide any support and assistance they may need. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Lucic, 35, spent his first 8 seasons with the Bruins before returning to the club this season after 8 seasons playing for LA, Edmonton and Calgary.
A Boston Police Department spokesman said he could neither confirm nor deny whether any arrest was made and cited public records law that allowed the department 10 days to release any police report on the incident.
The chief records officer for the department, who another officer at the media office told the Herald is the only person who can handle this incident, was not working on the weekend, so the earliest the records could possibly be released is Monday.
This is not the first time Lucic’s been the subject of an alleged act of domestic violence.
The veteran player was questioned by police more than a decade ago for a public altercation with his girlfriend in the North End in September 2011.
A police report then said Lucic was “highly intoxicated and hostile,” according to contemporary Herald reporting on the incident, when he and his girlfriend were arguing outside a Commercial Street Starbucks at around 1:30 in the morning.
The report cited witnesses who said the towering left wing was hovering over his girlfriend, who was lying on the ground, and yelling at her and even throwing her things, including her shoes and her purse, at her. However, the unnamed girlfriend “was adamant about not being harmed,” the report states, and Lucic was not charged.
Lucic told a Herald columnist that “something” was made out of “nothing” in that incident and that “You definitely need to be careful where you are and of your surroundings” and that he would “put myself in the best situation everywhere I go so I don’t wind up in the same incident that happened.”
Herald Bruins reporter Steve Conroy contributed to this story. Read his coverage of reactions from the Bruins organization in sports.