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Chris Nilan (right wing)

225 points in 688 NHL games with 3043 PIM.

... a pugnacious and hard-working right-winger who played nearly 700 NHL games for three different teams. He was an enforcer, a tireless worker in the trenches, and an able scorer.

Nilan was a regular on the Habs for seven and a half years beginning in 1980-81. He scored a career high 21 goals in 1984-85 playing chiefly on a line with Guy Carbonneau and Bob Gainey. The next season, the fiesty winger scored 19 goals and was a physical force when the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup.

Nilan's reputation was such that he was placed on the Americans' 1987 Canada Cup roster... Nilan was traded to the Boston Bruins in June 1990 for Greg Johnston and helped his new team reach the semi-finals in 1991. Midway through the 1992 season, Nilan got his wish to finish his career in Montreal when his original club picked him up on waivers. He retired in 1992 with over 200 points and 3,000 minutes in penalties.

He lead the NHL in penalty minutes in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 regular seasons with 338 and 358 minutes respectively.

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