Lukacevic keen to move forward after stormy past
Ned Lukacevic, the latest player on the Manchester Storm, said he wants to reconnect with the past after being announced alongside Ryan Finnerty this weekend.
Former striker Fife Flyers, Edinburgh Capitals and Coventry Blaze are back in the UK, but his signature has not been greeted with much affection by fans of the league.
This is something that annoys the 33-year-old, who feels he has an unfair reputation, but at the same time recognizes that he has not always made the right decision and that he 39, he wants to show a player more mature than this one. who left the capitals in 2016.
"I admit that there have been situations in which I may have done poorly for myself or my family, but there comes a time when a player has to look at himself and see where he could have done better, "he said.
"What is unfortunate is a part of the negativity that exists and it followed me like a black cloud.
"I hate the fact that I'm being judged by facts that happened before. That bothers me, but I know that I am a good person, an excellent teammate and someone who would do any thing.
"There are a lot of detractors and those who want to see me fail, but that gives me extra motivation. They do not know my story. This is the frustrating part.
"I can admit that I hunted dollar bills or that pastures were greener, but all I did was hurt. I accept this now and people can say what they want.
"I have to look in the mirror and see that there were times when I should have done more research in certain places and not making those decisions. What can I do? I can only look forward and I am lucky for this chance.
"I have a lot to prove and I am grateful to Manchester and Ryan Finnerty for giving me this opportunity."
He is just to say that Ned's career was not quite as he would have certainly liked, as he spoke frankly of some of the difficulties he encountered to win another title in the league. elite.
Formerly a promising AHL player, with more than 100 appearances, his movements have seen him bounce back to the words of Ned, Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Hungary, Denmark, and return to America North and more recently in France. with Tours on the second floor.
This opportunity with Storm, led by Ryan Finnerty, gives him a chance to get some degree of redemption and he admits that he will try to prove himself.
He added, "I am enthusiastic and I consider that I can show the UK and the rest of Europe that I am still a high level player and that I have forgotten the past and moved. forward.
"I'm grateful for the second chance, in a way. Since I went to Europe, I do not think it was a surprise that I went back to many places.
🇲🇪 🇨🇦 Welcome to Manchester, Ned Lukacevic! 🇲🇪
The Los Angeles Kings draft pick will bring a wealth of side experience. 👑
– Manchester Storm (@Mcr_Storm) July 27, 2019
"Sometimes, when teams see me, they may say I'm a great hockey player, but then they see the summary and judge automatically. They then think that it is something defective as a player or that person.
"Ryan took the time to call me and ask me what happened. I admit that I was fired at Coventry and then last year in Denmark, but I use it without restraint because the team was in development and it was not a good place for me and she thought so too.
"As a professional, you have to grow up and Ryan has come to know my story and the person I really am and with whom I am comfortable.
"There were places where I had to leave alone. It follows you and it's embarrassing, but it hurts more than I can say. I can not live my life in the past and I have to look ahead, starting with Manchester.
"It will be a fun year and I think it could be a successful season for us."