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Milan Lucic plans on covering himself – and the Bruins – in Old Time glory

In 2011, it was an old Bruins Starter jacket that the No. 1 star of the game wore after each Bruins playoff win.

Last year, Andrew Ference [1] continued his own tradition by using an Army Rangers jacket to serve the same purpose, paying tribute to veterans of the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Bruins can thank a legend from their past for the newest tradition, a heavily-worn “Old-Time Hockey” jacket.

“This is the new game jacket. It’s from Johnny Bucyk, so this is the new look from here on in after a win, and hopefully we can pass it along for a long time,” Milan Lucic [2] said.

Perhaps the greatest significance of the latest tradition is honoring the past, specifically Bucyk and the Big Bad Bruins of the 1970s, a team the current Bruins are trying to emulate with a second Stanley Cup [3] title this spring.

“There’€™s a lot of respect for those guys, the past of this franchise and the people that have been here, and it’€™s Johnny Bucyk’€™s jacket — he gave it to Looch because he doesn’t fit it in anymore,” coach Claude Julien [4] quipped over the weekend. “So otherwise, he probably would have had to buy it, right? So he’€™s been real good to us, and we felt that this was a great opportunity for him to continue to be a part of our group, which he is, and donate something that I think the players are finding really important right now.

“And again, it’€™s an homage to those guys that have been here and done so well, and I think our players, as I said, have a lot of respect for those guys and they want to continue the tradition. So they’€™re going to wear that jacket.”

Ference might be gone, but the tradition of honoring the player who symbolizes what it means to be a Bruin each game continues, thanks to captain Zdeno Chara [5].

“Being the captain, he stepped up and carried the tradition of a game jacket,” Lucic said.