It seems like a lifetime ago that Milan Lucic last donned the Spoked-B. Nevertheless, Lucic will always hold a special place in the hearts of so many Bruins fans. Not only was he a key part of Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup victory, Lucic's style of play defined the Big Bad Bruins mentality.
The veteran forward from Vancouver, B.C., is now a member of the Calgary Flames. He played his 900th career National Hockey League game on Oct. 20 against the Anaheim Ducks.
As Bruins fans well remember, Lucic was traded by Boston to the Los Angeles Kings in the summer of 2015 as part of a multi-team deal. That deal ultimately led to Boston acquiring former Bruins D-man Colin Miller, as well as Sean Kuraly and a first-round pick used to draft Trent Frederic. In addition to his brief stint in LA, Lucic also spent three seasons as an Edmonton Oiler before being traded to Calgary for James Neal in the 2019 offseason.
Still just 31 years old, Lucic first broke into the league with the Bruins at the tender age of 19 in the 2007-2008 season. He was selected 50th overall by Boston in the second round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Now in his 13th season, Lucic has scored 503 points, including 198 goals and 305 assists. He could very well reach another career milestone this season if he is able to knock home his 200th goal.
Of course, in addition to his offensive prowess, Lucic is never one to shy away from a good fight. His willingness to use his imposing 6' 3", 236-pound frame to fire up the team led to some battles in the Black and Gold that were nothing short of legendary. Not surprisingly, he has spent 1,098 minutes of his NHL career in the penalty box.
Sadly, Lucic's offensive production has slowed down considerably in recent seasons. He put up a respectable 20 and 23 goals in Los Angeles and in his first year in Edmonton, respectively. However, he scored just 10 goals in 82 games in the 2017-2018 season in Edmonton, and six in 79 games last year.
Lucic's career high in goals came when he lit the lamp 30 times for the Bruins during the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup championship season. He also set a career-best mark with 62 total points in that same special season.
Sparking with the Flames
Despite the decline in scoring, Lucic's NHL experience and leadership earned him an assistant captain designation in all three of his seasons with the Oilers. He has also shown some of the familiar fight of years past, and recently embarked on a three-game scoring streak to mark a promising start to his time in Calgary.
If he can maintain that momentum, a still relatively young Lucic likely has quite a few NHL games left in him. That is welcome news to Bruins fans who will always remember him fondly and continue to cheer him on from afar.