One of Chris Nilan’s deepest memories of the legendary tough guy of the Montreal Canadiens was his first meeting with Gilles Lupien, Guy Lafleur and Jacques. Meet with Jacques Lemaire.
May 1979. In the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, one year after the organization selected him in the 19th round of the amateur auction, a Boston boxer from the West Roxbury neighborhood after training in the morning Appeared in the Boston Garden (Garden). Habs. He sneaked into the corridor leading to the visitor’s room, trying to find tickets for the evening meeting.
The only problem, no one knows who he is!
Neither assistant coach Claude Ruel nor executive director Howard Grundman recognized the powerful Northeastern winger, who was ranked 231st in the draft a year ago.
“I said,’You drafted me last year and I want to buy two tickets tonight’.” Glenman turned the book to the last few pages to confirm my identity. He said: “Okay, Nilan. Tickets will be on sale tonight.” The show host told TVASports.ca. cuff, On the TSN 690 radio.
In the evening, Nilan appeared on the small clothes in the Bruins Amphitheater, piercing like his right hook, and we had an idea. When he appeared at the ticket office, he was surprised that his name was not in the register.
“I was forced to pay more than $200 (estimated value today is $750), and I didn’t have the money to buy those damn tickets!” He recalled that I had to spend this money on a credit card.
Although Nilan was unable to obtain the pass, he did use the impromptu meetings with Lupien, Lafleur, and Lemaire.
Let us go back to the time before the duel in May 1979. When Nilan and his friend left the garden, he thought the two tickets would be waiting for him that night, and he saw three veterans waiting for a taxi near the parking lot.
They drove a spacious 1978 Ford Thunderbird and offered to take the three back to the hotel.