Bruins star Milan Lucic has appeared at Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday on assault and battery charges.
The NHL veteran is accused of choking his wife and was arrested last week. His team have said that he is on an indefinite leave of absence.
WBZ'S Tiffany Chan said on Monday that Lucic's wife 'called 911 and told Boston police her husband attacked and choked her and added sources told her 'Lucic appeared drunk.'
According to Boston.Com, Lucic believed his wife had hidden his phone from him and started arguing with his wife.
'The victim stated that she did not have his cell phone and did not know where it was located,' police wrote. 'She stated that she attempted to walk away from her husband, and stated that the suspect grabbed her by her hair and pulled her backwards.
Milan Lucic walks into #Boston Municipal Court with his lawyer to face assault and battery charges. The @NHLBruins veteran winger is accused of pulling his wife’s hair & pulling her backwards at their #NorthEnd apartment early Saturday. Police say Lucic appeared intoxicated. pic.twitter.com/nIJzCb4RVU— Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) November 21, 2023
Milan Lucic's recent arrest occurred after he choked his wife, she told Boston police
'She stated that in doing so, the suspect stated to her that she was not going anywhere.'
In a statement released Saturday, the Bruins did not provide any details about the incident other than to say the organization is aware of the situation and 'takes these matters very seriously.'
The team said it would work with Lucic's family to provide any support and assistance needed.
Lucic, 35, is a veteran of over 1,300 NHL games with the Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and is back with the team after signing a one-year free agent contract last summer worth $1 million with $500,000 in possible additional incentives.
The Vancouver native has not played since October 21 because of injury.
Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said on Monday that he had not spoken to Lucic and would refrain from discussing further details out of respect for privacy.
Asked how to keep the situation from affecting the team, Montgomery said: 'Our culture here is great, and we care about each other.
'With that, it's not a normal day. But we're professionals, and we have a game to play. We have to get ready for it.'