The Boston Sports Network’s Mancrush Series highlights players on the Boston sports scene that are so awesome any guy would do anything to hang out with them.
There are so many ways I could go about writing this post in an attempt to introduce you to “Looch.” Instead, I’ll introduce you to him the same way he introduced himself.
Check out this video from Lucic’s first home game ever (10/18/07):
Before this game Milan Lucic was a 19-year-old kid with an unpronouncable name, on a 10-game tryout contract with two options:
1) Make the Boston Bruins.
2) Go back to the WHL Vancouver Giants.
Looch made his mark in those 10 games. Two full seasons and Mike Komisarek’s busted face later, Milan Lucic is a Boston legend.
Bruins fans have always respected talent but LOVED grit. Sure it was great when Cam Neely scored 50 goals in 50 games, but it was AWESOME when he tossed Claude Lemieux into the boards like a ragdoll (rag-turtle?)
Milan is a lot like Cam in terms of grit. He may never have the same offensive prowess (Looch may peak at 20-25 goals) but he inspires the same fear. His presence on the Savard-Kessel line opened up a ton of space for the other two to work.
His play has made him a fan favorite. Much like you hear YOOOOOUUUUUKKKKK at Fenway, LOOOOOOOCHHHHH rains down from the Gallery Gods. He won the 7th player award in his rookie year and his popularity hasn’t waned since that Opening Night fight.
Lucic will be a Restricted Free Agent following the 2009-10 season and the Bruins would be foolish to let him go. Not just for the team’s play on the ice, but for their status in the hearts of Boston Bruins fans.
Below is his legendary fight with Mike Komisarek: