Milan Lucic Reveals Backstory of Former Bruins’ Reunion


The Boston Bruins of the 2010-11 season will always be remembered as a Stanley Cup campaign.

Perhaps, the most important contribution to that championship team was made by the Bruins’ top forward line with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic, centered by David Krejci.

The line produced an iconic game-winner in Game 7s against the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. These three combined for a ton of damage done against Roberto Luongo in the Stanley Cup Final that June.


Ever since the 2011 Stanley Cup run, mainly Horton couldn’t stay healthy enough, and the Bruins iconic offensive line was left shattered.

It´s quite sure to state that Lucic played his best years with Horton and Krejci. “I credit those two guys for my career being what it was in Boston because I’d say from 2010-2014… those were definitely the most fun I’ve ever had in my career, playing in big games, two Stanley Cup Finals, one Cup, I think we won three divisions, all that kind of stuff,” said Lucic for Hockey Night in Canada.


The Bruins fans will never forget this trio dominating the opposition, on the scoresheet as well on the ice with their robust physical play. They were the synonym of the big bad Bruins, almost impossible to play against and succeed.

As Lucic recalls, nothing of that would be possible without Horton coming to Boston in 2010. “Without the addition of Nathan Horton, there’s no way we take that leap and that step to a championship-level team. I know all the Bostonians remember the bromance, especially me and Nathan.”

During the All-Star break, the iconic trio of three former Bruins ended up reunited in Miami. How did that occur?

“We didn’t even plan to see each other, Nate messaged me that morning that he was going to be in Miami for a doctor’s appointment, and Krejci’s wife saw on my wife’s Instagram that we were down there and we were staying at the one hotel and he was staying … basically next door.”


Because of this, Krejci just hopped on a three-hour flight from Boston to Miami to enjoy a few days off and meet his former linemates, probably his best linemates throughout his long career, which now features 900 NHL games.

Where are they now? The Bruins traded Lucic to Los Angeles in 2015. Now, he tries to refind his game with the Calgary Flames, Krejci still drives in Boston, while Horton already retired after several injuries. Ultimately, his contract was on the Toronto Maple Leafs payroll.


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