Milan Lucic pleads not guilty to assault and battery charge

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Milan Lucic pleaded not guility to charges of assault and battery on a family or household member on Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court according to the Boston Globe.

He was released on his own recognizance. Lucic could face up to two and half years in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000. Conditions include a no-abuse order and he must refrain from drinking alcohol. A pretrial hearing is set for Jan. 19. Lucic does not need to appear in person.



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The Bruins forward was arrested on Saturday morning after pulling his wife’s hair and trying to choke her according to a police report.

According to that report, officers responded to a 911 call and met his wife in the lobby of the couple’s North End home. She told responding officers that her husband tried to choke her during an argument after he was unable to find his cell phone. Lucic believed she knew where it was and was hiding it from him.

The 35-year-old forward was on long-term injured reserve and wasn’t playing or practicing with the Bruins before the incident. He has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team. The NHL has no set domestic violence policy. Each case is handled on a case-by-case basis so his professional status remains unclear.

The Bruins released a statement regarding the incident noting they “will work with the Lucic family to provide any support and assistance they may need.”

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said: “They have all the support in the world. Anything they need we’re going to be here for them. Until we know more, it’s tough to comment much on it.”

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