Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic is a complex guy.
On-ice, he’s a bruising power forward whose game has been likened to chaos itself. In the locker room, he’s earned the nicknames “Bob McKenzie” and “Rain Man” for his uncanny obsession with statistics. Off the ice, he’s a family man with a one-year-old daughter, Valentina.
Now, No. 17 is trying his hand at children’s literature. Lucic has teamed up with former Bruins and Boston University goaltender Cleon Daskalakis and Jon Goode of the Lowell Spinners and Nashua Silver Knights’ front offices, to combat bullying in schools with their new book, Not Cool to Bully in School.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to release this children’s book with my wife and friends,” said Lucic in a press release.
I have been witness to many different types of bullying growing up, and it is something that is unfortunately still a problem in schools. I am hoping this book will help shed light on the issue and will make kids realize that bullying is not the right thing to do and friends of bullies should let them know the same.
The book’s illustrator, Rachel Gregorio, is no stranger to drawing Boston sports heroes. Gregorio, a Boston College alum, previously illustrated books featuring Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (Pitching with the Papelbons), Celtics forward Glen Davis (Basketball with Big Baby), and New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (Danny Woodhead: Football Dream Come True), all written by Goode.
Proceeds from sales of the book, including autographed copies, will benefit the Celebrities for Charity Foundation, founded by Daskalakis and Bruins legend Ray Bourque. Copies are available at TD Garden, as well as online.