HAVERHILL — Asked if it was fun to fight on the ice, Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic told children at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill that he wouldn't call it "fun," but that fighting is part of the game of hockey. He also told them that he doesn't condone fighting outside of the hockey rink.
"You shouldn't be fighting," Lucic told a crowd of more than 300 children who gathered in the club's gymnasium yesterday afternoon to meet him and learn about his new children's book, "Not Cool to Bully in School." They also had a chance to ask him questions about his career in the NHL.
Lucic, who wears the No. 17 Bruins jersey, teamed up with former Bruins and Boston University goaltender Cleon Daskalakis and Jon Goode of the Lowell Spinners along with Nashua Silver Knights' front offices to combat bullying in schools with their new book, which encourages children not to bully in school.
As Lucic entered through the front doors of the Boys & Girls Club on Emerson Street, he was greeted by Adriano Andrade, 10, and his sister Selena, 12. They held a sign welcoming Lucic to the club.
Lucic was whisked into the gymnasium where a crowd of children let out a deafening roar that lasted nearly a minute. Many of them held up paper plates decorated with the Bruins logo.
Brothers Matthew and Nicholas Glynn along with their friend Nicholas Leung all wore Bruins jerseys. They weren't the only ones.
"I've never seen him in person," Matthew said about Lucic. "We're all excited."
When things quieted down a bit, Lucic told the kids that when he was growing up he had athletes as role models to look up to and now that he's an adult and a professional hockey player he wants to be a role model too by giving back to children.