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Chris Nilan
Nilan
Position Forward
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
Teams Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born February 9, 1958(1958-02-09),
Boston, MA, USA
NHL Draft 231st overall, 1978
Montreal Canadiens
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.

Amateur careerEdit

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.

Pro careerEdit

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

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens 15 0 2 2 50 5 0 0 0 2
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens 57 7 8 15 262 2 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens 49 7 4 11 204 5 1 1 2 22
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens 66 6 8 14 213 3 0 0 0 5
1983–84 Montreal Canadiens 76 16 10 26 338 15 1 0 1 81
1984–85 Montreal Canadiens 77 21 16 37 358 12 2 1 3 81
1985–86 Montreal Canadiens 72 19 15 34 274 18 1 2 3 141
1986–87 Montreal Canadiens 44 4 16 20 266 17 3 0 3 75
1987–88 Montreal Canadiens 50 7 5 12 209
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
1990–91 Boston Bruins 41 6 9 15 277 19 0 2 2 62
1991–92 Boston Bruins 39 5 5 10 186
1991–92 Montreal Canadiens 17 1 3 4 74 7 0 1 1 15
NHL totals 688 110 115 225 3043 111 8 9 17 531

Post careerEdit

He initially served as assistant coach of the New Jersey Devils on August 3, 1995, and remained in that position until May 1996 before becoming a head coach of the Chesapeake Icebreakers in the ECHL.

Awards and AchievementsEdit

External links Edit

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