Milan Lucic will enter the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, as first reported by the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy. The program, first established in 1996, helps NHL players and their families when dealing with substance abuse, mental health and other issues.
Players can remain in the program for as long as they want, but must be cleared in order to leave.
Lucic was arraigned Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery. The Bruins forward was released on his own recognizance after a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. 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.
Lucic was arrested late Saturday night after he allegedly pulled his wife’s hair and attempted to choke her, a police report obtained by The Boston Globe stated. The 35-year-old returned home after a night out and was unable to find his cell phone. The report alleges Lucic believed his wife knew where it was, and began to yell at her.
During the 911 call, Lucic’s wife alleged he tried to choke her. When officers observed redness on her chest area, they asked if Lucic tried to choke her, to which she said he didn’t, per the police report. Lucic’s wife denied medical treatment.
The police report revealed that Lucic was cooperative when he was told he was being arrested for domestic violence. When they took him to his bedroom to get clothing, police saw a broken lamp and observed broken glass on the floor.
Lucic is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Bruins. The forward is on long-term injured reserve and wasn’t practicing with the team. 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.”