Chris Nilan played for 10 seasons with the Canadiens Life was good, but that was then, this is now – and it’s not a pretty picture.
From The Montreal Gazette:
In his 10 seasons with the Canadiens, Chris Nilan was among the toughest, most feared and most penalized players in the National Hockey League. He played to inflict pain, to intimidate.
You can find his name in the team’s media guide in the list of all-time records: Nilan: 2,248 penalty minutes. Nilan: most penalty minutes in a season: 358.
There was nothing complicated about his game plan: hit first, hit hard, and he was well-schooled in it.
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My Comment: I never liked him as a player .... too many stupid penalties that cost the Canadiens many games. But an enforcer on the ice is something that the Canadiens lack right now .... actually .... the Canadiens are lacking a lot of things .... but Chris Nilan did bring a certain toughness to the Canadiens when he played that is absent in today's team.