As reported by the Vancouver Sun over the weekend, Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic returned to Vancouver to be part of a pregame ceremony prior to the Vancouver Giants’ game again Kamloops Friday night.
The club honored Evander Kane for his role with the Canadian gold-medal winning team at the World Junior championship, Jon Blum for his part with the U.S. team that finished fifth there, and Brendan Gallagher for his role in Team Pacific’s silver medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Lucic and Brett Festerling of Anaheim, two key members of the Giants’ Memorial Cup-winning club in the spring of ’07, aided in handing out the awards.
“It was fun to go back. I haven’t been to a game there since we won the big one. So it’s nice to see all the fans back there,” Lucic said after the Bruins’ practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington today. “It was great. I got a real nice standing ‘O.’ And it was real special to go back and do something like that.”
Lucic got to see the Memorial Cup championship banner for the first time. Of course, he was the Memorial Cup MVP after the Giants’ triumphant run.
Lucic also worked out a bit, and today he declared himself ready to return to action and make a run for the league lead in hits — a spot he’s lost since exiting the line-up after the Bruins’ Jan. 6 loss to Minnesota.