BY MILAN LUCIC
Hey what’s up everyone! Welcome to my blog. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all during the season.
It has been an exciting few months for me; I had a great summer that included the Super Series win with Team Canada and then came to training camp with the Boston Bruins just hoping to do my best.
I knew it was going to be a tough camp and I tried not to think too much about whether or not I was going to make the first, second or third cuts.
As a 19-year-old rookie, I just wanted to play my style of game and hopefully catch the eyes of the coaches. Sure enough, I survived the first few cuts and ended up making the opening day roster.
That meant I had nine games to prove I deserved a permanent spot with the Bruins or I would rejoin my boys back in Vancouver with the Western League Giants. Don’t get me wrong I would have been happy back in Vancouver, but playing in the NHL is what I’ve been working towards my whole career and was the goal that I set for myself.
I felt I played well during those nine games – had a ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’ in one of them with a goal, assist and a fight – and hoped I did enough to show I could hang with the big boys.
The day after my ninth game I met with GM Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien who let me know I would be staying in Boston. I was ecstatic. All of a sudden here I am, living a dream playing for one of the Original Six.
I know I still have a long way to go and a lot of work to put in individually.
Making the team is just the beginning.
As a team, we are off to a decent start, but we know we have a lot of areas to improve on.
I feel we have a great group of guys in the locker room that believe in each other and will fight for one another.
That’s about it for this installment. I’ll have another update soon.
I do want this blog to be an open forum, too, so feel free to shoot any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
A native of Vancouver, Milan Lucic is a rookie with the Boston Bruins.