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Bruins' Milan Lucic to face judge this week after alleged assault incident

Lucic has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Bruins

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Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic is expected to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court by Tuesday, according to court officials.

Lucic, 35, is facing assault and battery charges, after police were called to his Boston apartment early Saturday morning. According to the police report, a woman called 911 saying her husband attempted to choke her.

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While the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office had said the hockey player was due in court Monday, an official at the municipal court clerk's office said Lucic was not listed on the docket until Tuesday, though it was possible he may still arrive to face a judge Monday.

Police said the initial call was received shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday. The woman who called 911 identified her husband as Milan Lucic, the sources told NBC10 Boston, telling officers the two had an argument earlier. When she tried to walk away, she told officers her husband "grabbed her by her hair and pulled her backwards."

Lucic's wife told police that during the night, her husband could not locate his cell phone after returning to the apartment after a night out. She said he began yelling at her, demanding his phone back, believing she had hidden it. She told him she didn't have his phone and didn't know where it was. That's when the assault occurred.

Police were called to Milan Lucic's Boston apartment early Saturday morning and he was later arrested, according to a police report provided to NBC10 Boston by sources.

The officers who arrived at the apartment described Lucic as appearing intoxicated when he answered the door, telling them that "nothing had happened" without attempting to provide any further explanation.

Police said they saw a broken lamp on one of the nightstands inside the apartment and what appeared to be a small amount of broken glass on the floor.

Police said Lucic was later arrested and charged with assault and battery on an intimate partner. His teammates reacted to the news over the weekend.

"Right now, it's all about support for Brit and the kids and Milan himself, and that's it," said Charlie McAvoy, Bruins defenseman.

"Obviously, it's sad but we're trying to focus on everything here and think about the family and everyone, and hope everything goes well," fellow defenseman Hampus Lindholm said.

Lucic has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Bruins.

The 35-year-old is a veteran of over 1,300 NHL games with the Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.

Lucic won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and is back with the team after signing a one-year free agent contract last summer worth $1 million with $500,000 in possible additional incentives.

The Vancouver native has not played since Oct. 21 because of injury.

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