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Milan Lucic Joins the Fatherhood Club

Milan Lucic has a new reason to smile. Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Milan Lucic missed the Boston Bruins‘ last full-strength practice before their season opener for the best reason possible. He needed to be elsewhere for his wife Brittany, who gave birth to daughter Valentina Lucic on Jan. 17 at 5:31 p.m.

Little Valentina arrived at a healthy weight of eight pounds and an ounce.

About a day or two before the birth, both Milan and Brittany deleted their Twitter accounts. I saw Brittany’s last tweet before she went and it mentioned something about how it was now family time. Milan’s absence from Jan. 17′s practice for personal reasons just made it sound even more like the baby was on her way.

However, he didn’t spend that much time away from the ice after Valentina was born. He returned to Ristuccia Memorial Arena the very next day to get some more on-ice work in along with Jordan Caron, who’s been recovering from an injury. The rest of the team, though, was getting in some off-ice work, so anyone who trekked up to the arena got to see just two guys on the ice.

But Lucic is a happy new dad and said it was “meant to be” that his girl was born on the 17th since that is, of course, his number. Brittany and Valentina are both doing just fine, too.

When asked about Valentina in the locker room after practice, Lucic was beaming. If he finds himself needing advice on being a dad, he’s lucky–a lot of his teammates are also papa bears, including Ference, Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, Chris Bourque, Dennis Seidenberg and Rich Peverley.

Now let’s see if the dads and not-dads alike on the Bruins can win their season opener tomorrow night!