Bruins' Milan Lucic to be arraigned on assault and battery charge Tuesday

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic during a hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic during a hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Boston Bruins player Milan Lucic is set to be arraigned Tuesday on an assault and battery charge, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The arraignment is in connection with his arrest this weekend after his wife called police to their home and said he tried to choke her. Lucic is slated to appear in Municipal Court Central Division for his arraignment.

A Boston Police Department report released Monday said Lucic, a member of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship team, appeared intoxicated when they arrived at his North End apartment early Saturday. According to the police report, Lucic was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery on a family member, which carries a maximum penalty of 2½ years in prison; he is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Lucic's agent did not reply to an email seeking comment over the weekend, and did not immediately respond to text message seeking comment Monday.

The police report said Brittany Lucic told police on the telephone that her husband tried to choke her. When officers arrived, she said Milan Lucic had pulled her hair but did not try to strangle her. She declined an offer of medical treatment.

The Bruins announced Saturday that Lucic would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team after he was involved in an undisclosed incident over the weekend.

In a statement released Saturday, the Bruins did not provide any details about the incident, only saying the organization is aware of the situation and “takes these matters very seriously.” The team said it would work with Lucic’s family to provide any support and assistance needed.

Lucic, 35, has played over 1,300 NHL games with the Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and is back with the team after signing a one-year free agent contract last summer worth $1 million, with $500,000 in possible additional incentives.

The Vancouver native has not played since Oct. 21 due to injury.

The Bruins, who played Montreal in Boston on Saturday night, said they had no further comment. Coach Jim Montgomery echoed that after the team's morning skate Saturday, saying he had not spoken to Lucic and would refrain from discussing further details out of respect for privacy.

Editor's note: Lucic's arraignment was original scheduled for Monday, but was rescheduled for Tuesday. Additional details from the police report have also been added. This post has been updated to reflect those changes. Also, material from The Associated Press was included in this report. 

This article was originally published on November 20, 2023.



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