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| 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
205 lb (93 kg)
|Teams|| Montreal Canadiens|
New York Rangers
|Born|| February 9, 1958,|
Boston, MA, USA
|NHL Draft|| 231st overall, 1978|
|Pro Career||1979 – 1992|
Christopher John "Chris" Nilan (born February 9, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a former professional player. Nilan played 688 NHL regular season games as a right-wing for the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers between 1980 and 1992. He won the Stanley Cup in 1986 with Montreal. Known as "Knuckles," he was famous for his propensity to fight.
Nilan grew up in Massachusetts. He played his youth hockey with the Greater Boston Youth Hockey League (GBYHL). He later played college hockey for the Northeastern University Huskies, from 1976 to 1979, averaging 3.5 penalty minutes per game in his final collegiate season.
Chris Nilan was selected 231st overall in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, and was best known as a tough-guy for the Montreal Canadiens in the mid 1980's. One of only nine players in NHL history to have recorded more than 3,000 career penalty minutes, he holds the dubious records of highest penalty minute average per game at 4.42 minutes per game, as well as the record for most penalties in a single game. It was March 31, 1991, when Hartford played at Boston. Before the evening was over, Chris Nilan was penalized a record ten penalties; six minors, two majors, one misconduct and one game misconduct, for a total of 42 penalty minutes.
Seriously hobbled by repeated injuries - he missed over two hundred games his final five seasons - Nilan retired after the 1992 season. Highlights of his career include winning the Stanley Cup in 1986 while with the Canadiens, being named to play for Team USA in the 1987 Canada Cup and his controversial all-star selection to the 1991 NHL All-Star Game by his then-coach Mike Milbury (Nilan missed the game with a broken left ankle), which led to changes in how players are selected for all-star games.
Career statistics Edit
|1987–88||New York Rangers||22||3||5||8||96|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||38||7||7||14||177||4||0||1||1||28|
|1989–90||New York Rangers||25||1||2||3||59||4||0||1||1||19|
Awards and AchievementsEdit
- Chris Nilan's Hockeydraftcentral.com profile
- Chris Nilan's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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