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Bruins left wing Milan Lucic announced on Saturday that his father, Dobro, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Vancouver.

Lucic released a statement through the Bruins.

“My family and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support from the hockey community, friends, and fans from around the world,” the statement read. “We kindly ask everyone to respect our privacy during this difficult and sad time.”

Dobro Lucic, who worked as a longshoreman, immigrated to North America from Serbia when he was 27.

Bruins president Cam Neely offered the team’s condolences through a statement.

“On behalf of the Jacobs family and the entire Boston Bruins organization, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Milan and his family on the passing of his father, Dobro,” the statement read. “Our thoughts will be with the Lucic family during this time, and we will be here to offer them support in any way that we can.”

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