Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic was taken into custody early on Saturday morning following allegations of domestic assault. Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported on Monday that a 911 call had been made the night before, claiming that Lucic had tried to strangle his wife, Brittany, after a verbal argument turned violent.
During his arraignment on Tuesday, Lucic pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault and battery against a family member. His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January 19.
According to a police report obtained by the Boston Globe, Brittany Lucic stated that her husband had also pulled her hair. Officers who responded to the scene observed redness on her chest. The report further revealed that Lucic became angry when he couldn’t find his cell phone upon returning home and began demanding it from his wife. She claimed not to have it and started walking away, at which point Lucic allegedly grabbed her by the hair and pulled her backwards.
Upon their arrival at the residence, police noticed that Lucic appeared to be intoxicated. Shards of glass and a broken lamp were found on the floor. As officers escorted the NHL veteran to his bedroom to retrieve clothing before taking him into custody, Lucic was informed of his arrest.
The Boston Bruins released a statement on Saturday, announcing that Lucic would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. The organization expressed its commitment to supporting the Lucic family and stated that they would provide any necessary assistance.
Bruins captain Brad Marchand also addressed the incident, emphasizing the team’s concern and support for the Lucic family. He stated that the team is like a family and that they are deeply saddened by what they are going through.
Lucic, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since October 21, recently re-signed with the Bruins on a one-year contract. This followed eight years of playing for the team earlier in his career.