As commanding a presence as Lucic would become in the NHL, he considered abandoning the sport as a teenager when hockey seemed to be giving him the brush-off.
Prior to three successful seasons with the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League (WHL), Lucic at first was not selected in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft. and alsodidn’t land a roster spot with Coquitlam of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), which left the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Lucic playing in the Pacific Junior Hockey League. Lucic would go on to capture a Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants in 2007 and was named tournament MVP.
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