Top 100 Habs: #81

#81: Chris Nilan

Chris Nilan was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 19th round of the 1978 draft and wound up playing 506 games for the team in the next nine seasons.

Chris Nilan

Chris Nilan

By comparison, two Habs first round draft picks that year (Dan Geoffrion and Dave Hunter) played a total of 32 games with the Canadiens combined.

Nilan was a tough guy, and holds many of the team’s and league’s record. He has the team’s record for most penalty minutes in a career and most penalty minutes in a season and the league’s record of most penalty minutes in one game and highest penalty minutes per game average in a career.

The enforcer won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1986, and was actually selected to the all-star team in 1991. He played for Team U.S.A. at the 1987 Canada Cup.

Nilan set career highs in 1984-85 with 21 goals and 37 points. His highest amount of penalty minutes came the season before, when he had 358.

For more on Chris Nilan:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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