The Boston Bruins have announced that Milan Lucic is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team after being involved in an unspecified incident on Friday night.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the Bruins provided no details about the incident, except to say that the organization is aware of the situation and “takes these matters seriously.” The team stated that it will provide necessary support and assistance to Lucic and his family.
The Boston Police mentioned that they cannot confirm nor deny the arrest of Lucic on Saturday morning. A message sent to Lucic’s agent did not receive an immediate response.
The 35-year-old Lucic has more than 1,300 games of NHL experience with the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary Flames. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and returned to the team with an expected additional incentive of $500,000 for possible additional bonuses after signing a one-year, $1 million free-agent contract last summer.
The Vancouver native has been sidelined since October 21 due to injury.
The Bruins, who played against Montreal on Saturday night, said they would not comment further.