Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 27

Milan Lucic brought the Stanley Cup to St. Michael Archangel Serbian Church in Burnaby, BC.
Milan Lucic brought the Stanley Cup to St. Michael Archangel Serbian Church in Burnaby, BC. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
An exciting young power forward for the Boston Bruins, Milan Lucic was born in East Vancouver, British Columbia. He worked diligently at his game, and was rewarded by being chosen by the Bruins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

His junior team, the Vancouver Giants, who won the Memorial Cup in 2007, had announced that Milan would be captain of the squad in 2007-08, but he surprised everyone by making the Bruins out of training camp that fall. He was just nineteen.

Milan stood up for himself and his teammates (he collected 13 fighting majors in his rookie season) and established himself as an energetic forward with hands that will hurt you scoring goals or in fights.

This past season, Lucic's third, he scored a team-best 30 goals and also collected 62 points. During the playoffs, he continued to be a presence, and contributed significantly to Boston's Stanley Cup win.

Milan Lucic and the Stanley Cup about to board 'The Harbour Princess' for a cruise  around the city's inner harbour.
Milan Lucic and the Stanley Cup about to board "The Harbour Princess" for a cruise around the city's inner harbour. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
To celebrate, Milan asked that his day with the Stanley Cup be spent in his hometown. The Cup flew to Vancouver on Sunday, August 14, and was met by Milan at the airport.

They drove to Burnaby, where the Cup was taken to St. Michael Archangel Serbian Church, where 500 members of the congregation waited to see Milan and the fruits of his hockey labour.

A fire truck waited for Lucic and the Stanley Cup down by the water, and after a few photos, Milan asked about 75 family members and friends to sit right back and enjoy a three-hour cruise. 'The Harbour Princess' took the Stanley Cup party around the city's inner harbour while guests enjoyed beverages, nachos and sandwiches.

Milan and his girlfriend, Brittany, went home to freshen up, but while there, had some portraits taken with the Stanley Cup. By the way, on top of his home, there was a canopy with a picture of Milan with the Bruins.

Grouse Mountain is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver; an oasis of wilderness and the peak of the cosmopolitan city. Milan had taken the Memorial Cup to the peak of the mountain in 2007, and decided to replicate that visit this year with the Stanley Cup. Along with friends, Milan and Brittany took the tramway up to the top, and hosted a victory party there, dining on lamb chops, ribs, burgers, salmon and salads.

Milan Lucic and the Stanley Cup greeting family and guests aboard the 'Harbour Princess'.
Milan Lucic and the Stanley Cup greeting family and guests aboard the "Harbour Princess". (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
After a wonderful celebration, the entourage descended and Milan made a quick visit with the Cup to visit a friend who was an employee at Roxy's, a hot club on Granville. Patrons couldn't believe that Lucic and the Cup were in their midst.

Milan didn't want to say goodbye to the Stanley Cup as the night wound down, but has every intention of helping the Bruins return to the Promised Land with another Stanley Cup victory.

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Shane Hnidy and Johnny Boychuk got the Cup next, and you'll find out how they celebrated in Tuesday's Stanley Cup Journal.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Milan Lucic helping one of his guests aboard the 'Harbour Princess' enjoy a drink from the bowl of the Stanley Cup.
Milan Lucic helping one of his guests aboard the "Harbour Princess" enjoy a drink from the bowl of the Stanley Cup.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)

Milan Lucic and the Stanley Cup celebrating with family and friends at Grouse Mountain.
Milan Lucic and the Stanley Cup celebrating with family and friends at Grouse Mountain. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)

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