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UPDATED: Convicted mobster doesn’t have my Stanley Cup ring says Nilan

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Chris Nilan of the Montreal Canadiens

It was never good to trifle with Knuckles Nilan, certainly not then, and not now. (Joe Giza/AP)

By Allan Muir

Chris Nilan was ready and willing to defend the honor of a teammate during his heyday with the Montreal Canadiens, and he wasn’t shy about taking the offensive, either. So no surprise that the former enforcer was quick to refute reports that Whitey Bulger, the 83-year-old mobster convicted on Monday of 31 counts including murder and racketeering, was in possession of his 1986 Canadiens Stanley Cup ring.

Nilan, who now works for a sports radio station in Montreal, released the following statement on Tuesday:

“Recent media reports have inaccurately asserted that James Bulger is in possession of a 1986 Stanley Cup ring given to him by me. Those reports have no basis in fact. James Bulger was never given a Stanley Cup ring by me at any time.

“I won a Stanley Cup ring as a member of the 1985-86 Montreal Canadiens. I gave that ring to my father, Henry Nilan. I am currently in possession of that ring as it is being re-sized as a gift to my son, Christopher.

“In 1988, Montreal Canadiens general manager Serge Savard heard that I had given my original ring to my Dad and Serge generously presented me with a second Stanley Cup ring which I wear to this day.

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  • Published On Aug 13, 2013
  • Boston mobster’s trial keeps coming back around to hockey

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    Chris Nilan of the Montreal Canadiens

    Ex-Habs enforcer Chris “Knuckles” Nilan denies that Whitey Bulger has his Cup ring.¬† (Denis Brodeur/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Chances are that if you’re not living in Boston or its environs, the name Whitey Bulger isn’t quite as familiar as George Zimmerman or Ariel Castro. But the trial of the 83-year-old mobster, who was convicted today of 31 of 32 counts including murder and racketeering, has captivated the city the same way those other trials held the attention of the nation.

    And somehow it’s a case that keeps coming back around to hockey.

    The CBS affiliate in Boston today reported that Bulger waived his right to have the jury decide whether he must forfeit the $822,000 in cash, guns and other possessions that were found when he was captured in June 2011 after 16 years on the run. Probably a smart decision, considering there was no way he was going to win that battle, either.

    So essentially, he’s forfeiting everything without a fight¬† . . . well, everything except one small personal item.

    A Stanley Cup ring.

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  • Published On Aug 12, 2013


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