As Vancouver Canucks fans for most of their lives, Snezana and Dobro Lucic don't need to be reminded how frustrating and emotionally draining, it's been following the club over the years.

Snezana, in fact, has perhaps an even keener perspective, her brother Dan Kesa being a member of the Canucks in 1993-94 (he didn't dress for the playoffs when the Canucks came up one game short in the quest for the Stanley Cup).

"Of course, we were heartbroken like everyone else when the Rangers won," Snezana said of the 1994 Stanley Cup run.

But that was then. Come Wednesday night Milan Lucic's mother, father, two brothers, grandparents and girlfriend, will all be wearing Boston Bruins black and yellow at Rogers Arena.

Members of the Lucic family get razzed a bit at work, Snezana with Air Canada Jazz and Dobrivoje as a longshore man at the Vancouver port.

"But everybody is very supportive, everybody has a space in their heart for Milan, too," Snezana said.

Milan Lucic's heart seems to be about the size of a bull moose.

His career temporarily derailed by a bad ankle injury last year — he scored just nine goals in 50 games and didn't enjoy coming to the rink anymore — Lucic worked his butt off in the summer with Vancouver Giants strength and conditioning coach Ian Gallagher.

Lucic is fond of one of the aphorisms of Giants head coach Don Hay — will over skill — but there's lots more to the 23-year-old.