If you think the phrases “class act” and “Milan Lucic” don’t belong in the same time zone, think again.
Two weeks after the Boston Bruins traded the power forward to the Los Angeles Kings, Lucic took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe thanking his devoted fans and the organization with which he won a Stanley Cup.
A classy and heartfelt gesture from one of those guys you hate to play against but love to play with. Well done, sir.
Read Lucic’s letter to Boston:
I was 19 when I joined the Boston Bruins, a very young man.
Now at 27, I must say goodbye to this special city. I lived my dream when we won the Stanley Cup. I married my wife here. Both my children were born here. Boston will always be a key part of who I am.
I played in front of a group of fans I will never forget, especially my pals in the North End.
I want to thank the entire Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Peter Chiarelli, Don Sweeney, Scott Bradley and the rest of the Bruins management team; coaches Claude Julien, Geoff Ward, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Craig Ramsey and Joe Sacco; captain Zdeno Chara and the rest of my teammates; the medical staff, trainers and strength coaches who all kept me going; and, of course, all the fans and my friends.
Boston embraced me over the years and I would not be who I am personally or professionally without each of these special relationships.
To the people of Boston…
You are #BostonStrong