Don’t Call Milan Lucic A Hunchback
Posted by Mike on December 4, 2008
This story is a bit old, but with the Boston Bruins playing well, and Milan Lucic leading the team, I thought people might like to revisit this famous Lucic story. When Lucic was 15-years-old he went through a growth spurt, and in that spurt brought really bad posture. Lucic was unable to straighten his back. So, eventually he went to see a doctor and he was diagnosed with Scheuermann’s disease, a condition that causes the upper back to curve. With his new conditon brought on taunts by the opposing teams, something that Lucic didn’t take to kindly too. So when Kyle Beach ( who was drafted 11th overall in the NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks) made a hunchback like pose to Lucic, he didn’t think twice about showing off his fighting skills. From the Boston Globe:
The condition didn’t affect his play until some opponents started to notice his back. Two years ago, Everett forward Kyle Beach shrugged his shoulders at Lucic in a hunchback style. The enraged Bruins prospect chased Beach, and several games later beat him up.
Last season, Kamloops defenseman Ryan Bender called Lucic a hunchback during a game and was slapped with a game misconduct, which was later changed to a 10-minute misconduct.
“You don’t like to see that,” Lucic said. “You hope guys are classier than that. But guys who do that have it coming to them. You just take care of it.”