January 25, 2013 |
The first scene of "The Last Gladiators," a documentary that brings extraordinary insight to hockey's vanishing breed of enforcers, features a closeup of a man's hands. It takes only a few seconds to realize who they belong to and how appropriate that image is. The hands are scarred, the fingers misshapen and the knuckles flattened. They're surprisingly small. "I have my mother's hands," a raspy voice says, turning those hands toward the camera for better inspection. The voice and hands belong to Chris "Knuckles" Nilan, one of the NHL's most feared fighters during an era when enforcers were featured players.
October 19, 1985
Montreal Canadiens forward Chris Nilan was suspended for eight games for deliberately injuring Boston Bruins center Rick Middleton with his stick.
October 10, 1989 |
The National Hockey League suspended Blackhawks defenseman Dave Manson for three games after tempers flared in the team's weekend loss to the Rangers. Manson was penalized by the league Monday for pushing an official aside moments after New York's Chris Nilan poked Chicago goalie Alain Chevrier in the mask with his stick in the third period. Manson, who was rushing toward Nilan when the incident occurred, demeaned the official, the NHL contends.
October 22, 2002 |
A senior Boston-area Roman Catholic priest told a friend he molested three teenage boys and photographed them naked more than 20 years ago, according to a deposition made public. Former National Hockey League star Chris Nilan gave the sworn testimony as part of a lawsuit filed earlier this year against the priest, Msgr. Frederick J. Ryan, who officiated at the hockey player's wedding. Church authorities placed Ryan on administrative leave after the allegations surfaced in March.
September 1, 1987 |
Bobby Carpenter and Ed Olczyk each had a goal and an assist Monday night as the United States beat Sweden, 5-2, to move into first place in the Canada Cup hockey tournament. Chris Nilan, Bob Brooke and Joe Mullen also scored for Team USA (2-0). Bengt Gustafsson and Mats Naslund scored for Sweden (1-1). New York Rangers' goalie John Vanbiesbrouck shut down three Swedish power plays in the first period and also stopped Anders Carlsson of the New Jersey Devils on a breakaway.
September 7, 1987 |
There weren't any miracles this year for the United States hockey team. Czechoslovakia defeated Team USA, 3-1, Sunday night at Sydney in Nova Scotia to eliminate the Americans from the Canada Cup. Czechoslovakia (2-2-1) advanced to Tuesday's semfinals, while Team USA finished fifth in the six-team competition, losing its third straight game after defeating Finland and Sweden. Montreal's Chris Nilan scored the only goal for the United States, which outshot Czechoslovakia, 37-25.