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Published on Aug 15, 2011
VANCOUVER -- Milan Lucic always knew that if he was lucky enough to get the chance he would spend his day with the Stanley Cup celebrating in his hometown with his large family and closest friends. The only catch was that to make it happen, the Boston Bruins' powerful winger couldn't let himself pour salt on the millions of open wounds in and around Vancouver.
"I didn't want to rub it in," Lucic told NHL.com before his festivities began Sunday. "I grew up a Canucks fan. I know how it is."
The local boy turned enemy champion made what seemed like an impossible task look easy. His calculated and intelligent decisions about what to do with the Cup created a lifetime of memories out of a 14-hour day.
Everything was private, but built into a public setting. He shunned no one, but kept any potential distractions away from the celebration.