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A Sort of Homecoming for Lucic, Stuart

Lots of ties to Chicago for the forward and defenseman

Wednesday, 11.12.2008 / 12:08 PM / Features
By Scott Janes  - Media Relations Intern | Boston Bruins
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A Sort of Homecoming for Lucic, Stuart
Spirits are running high in the Hub of Hockey

After enjoying an eleven-day homestand, one that featured three key victories that have propelled the Bruins into contention for the Northeast Division crown, the B's are well rested and hope to extend to their recent streak of success during a quick visit to the Midwest.

And while many of the Bruins players wouldn’t mind staying around an extra night to continue their trend of convincing home victories mixed in among some important early season rest and relaxation, a few members of the invigorated B’s are very much looking forward to their own type of homecoming in Chicago.

One of those players is defenseman Mark Stuart, who seems to be just about the only member of his family who doesn’t live in the Chicago area.

“My extended family is pretty much all from Illinois,” Stuart said. “My grandparents still live in a town called La Salle, which is about an hour from Chicago, and my father went to medical school at Rush [Medical College] in Chicago.”

Stuart’s brothers were also born in the Windy City prior to his family moving to Minnesota, where his father completed his residency while training to be a physician.

However the rest of his family, including his sister and a whole batch of cousins, remain in Illinois.

On the hockey side, and adding another element of excitement to the Chicago-Stuart story, Mark’s brother, Colin, currently plays for the Chicago Wolves, the Atlanta Thrashers AHL club, and lives in the Second City with his fiancée.

“This is really fun because I love that city -- I love Chicago,” Stuart continued.“ Growing up I was always a Chicago sports fan and it will certainly be fun to go back.”

Mark’s teammate, forward Milan Lucic, also looks forward to tomorrow night’s clash of Original Six foes, as a large majority of one side of his family still remain in Chicago after immigrating there years ago.

“A lot of family from my grandma’s side still live in the area,” Lucic explained. “A lot of them, or most of them, when they first came to America immigrated to Chicago and they’re still there.

“A bunch of my cousins live around the area now, as well, so there’s going to be a good twenty people from my family at the game.”

With so much love and support in the United Center on Wednesday night, the teammates are pumped about the opportunity to play in front of a ‘home’ crowd. However, understanding of the importance of this crucial Original Six contest, Stuart and Lucic will try and keep emotions under wrap until the final horn sounds.

“You try not to think about it too much,” Lucic said. “You try to approach the game as you usually would, but you’re also just happy that your family is out there supporting you.

“The fact that they’re willing to come support you and they’re happy for you, its awesome. I’m just (thrilled) that they’re able to come see me play and that there supporting me the way they are.”

“It’s not really much different, but it will be nice to see some people,” Stuart agreed. “But as far as playing goes, you’ve just got to go out there and face it like just another game. I don’t really think about anything of that other stuff (once the puck is dropped).”




1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43


P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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