Boston Hockey Now is reporting that Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic has entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. That comes after Lucic pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault and battery on a family member at his arraignment in front of Suffolk County Superior Courthouse in Boston on Tuesday and was released on personal recognizance with a no-abuse order and no alcohol while the case is pending. A pre-trial date of Jan. 19 was set.
The provided BHN with this statement: ‘The Boston Bruins have been in communication with the Lucic family, offering our support and assistance. The organization is supportive of Milan’s decision to enter the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance program. He remains on an indefinite leave of absence from the team. With respect to both his ongoing rehabilitation and the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time.’
Details of the arrest and allegations became public Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Reports say Lucic’s wife, Brittany, said in her 911 call that Milan Lucic tried to choke her.
“The biggest thing for us is we care a lot about their family,” Boston Bruins captain Brad Marchand said ahead of his team’s 5-2. win over the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Saturday night. “We’re a family in here. We’re all very, very close, so we’re also very concerned, you know, and upset for them and what they’re going through. We have a lot of support for Brittany (Lucic’s wife) and the kids and Lucic himself.”
Red Wings Next Game
Alex Lyon will make his second start in goal for the Detroit Red Wings when they face the New Jersey Devils at Little Caesars Arena tonight. It will be interesting to see how the goalie rotation might change if he plays well in this game. Defenseman Jake Walman (undisclosed injury) hasn’t been ruled out. The Red Wings have only won three of their last 11 games. They are 3-5-3 in that span. Detroit has surrendered 42 goals (3.81 goals per game) in that span. The Red Wings have given up two or fewer goals only once in those 11 games.
Red Wings In Case You Missed it
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- Coach Derek Lalonde is changing up his lineup with the hope of jump-starting the sputtering Red Wings
- Behind the paywall: Tim Robinson writes about how quickly Carter Mazur found his game after coming off the injured list.
- Lucas Raymond has been taking advice from Red Wings legend and fellow Swede Henrik Zetterberg.
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