LOS ANGELES -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t have to go far to learn about the organization’s fourth-round (97th overall) selection, Craig Cunningham.
The newly acquired forward from the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League is close friends with current Bruins forward Milan Lucic.
“We got Cunningham and he comes highly recommended by Lucic,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a skilled guy with some grit.”
Cunningham has known Lucic for four years since playing together in juniors and winning the Memorial Cup. The two were working out on Friday and Lucic jokingly told Cunningham he would be selected by Boston.
“Obviously, [Boston] is an Original Six team and there’s a lot of history there,” Cunningham said. “I’m so excited to know a familiar face there and be part of an organization that has a very proud history.”
Lucic has already given the newest member of the Bruins’ organization a firsthand look at what it means to wear the Black and Gold.
“He obviously loves it there and he said it’s a great sports city,” said Cunningham. “It’s a great organization. He said the coaching staff, the whole organization, is very classy from top to bottom. It’s exciting.”