Boston Bruins forward and Vancouver native Milan Lucic said he has no reason — other than playing at Rogers Arena — to ever be in Vancouver after an alleged attack at a downtown night club after the Canucks thumped the Bruins 6-2 Saturday night.
A video posted on YouTube Sunday showing Lucic yelling at another man, police and bystanders outside the Caprice nightclub went viral.
Lucic was back in Boston Monday. He addressed the incident, which he calls an unprovoked attack.
"I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city and I'm kind of just disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that," he said.
Lucic said a man threw a drink on him in the night club and then punched him three times.
"I was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face," he said.
Fed up with Vancouver
It's not the first time Lucic has felt the wrath of angry hockey fans who can't seem to forgive the east Vancouver native for playing a key role in the Boston Bruins's 2011 Stanley Cup final win.
Saturday's game was the first time the Canucks and Bruins faced off in Vancouver since the June 2011 riots.
His family's church in Burnaby, B.C., was vandalized with graffiti in February 2012.
Lucic's childhood coach, Mike Moscone, said he was disappointed to hear his former player was finished with Vancouver.
"Whether it was Milan Lucic or Bobby Orr coming to town, losing the Stanley Cup like that, the hometown people aren't going to be happy with that," he said.
Griffiths takes to Twitter
Former Canucks owner Arthur Griffiths nearly doubled his Twitter following after he used the social media platform to defend Vancouver, and its fans.
Griffiths praised the people of Vancouver as among the best on earth, even suggesting Lucic should "quit whining."