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Chris Nilan says that Whitey Bulger’s Stanley Cup ring isn’t his

Former Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens forward Chris Nilan told the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan that, yes, renknowned Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger is his father-in-law, but Nilan insists that he did not give Bulger one of his 1986 Stanley Cup rings:

“I have both rings here … I have my father’s ring, because I’m getting it re-sized,” Nilan said. “He gave it to my son (Christopher). And I have my other ring.”

Nilan has three children: Christopher, 27, Colleen, 30, and Tara, 23. When asked about his reaction to the reports in Boston about the Cup ring, Nilan said: “To be honest, I was kind of dumbfounded because I don’t know where he got it. All I can think is that he had one made … he commissioned someone to make it or someone else gave it to him.

“I gave my original ring to my Dad, who in turn has since given it to my son, Christopher. I have both rings here … the one I gave my Dad, I’m having it resized for my son with my jeweller up here. ... I have both rings in my possession. I never gave (Bulger) a ring.

“I married Karen … I didn’t marry (Bulger),” Nilan added. “You know, he was always good to us … he was good to my family. As far as the other stuff, I don’t condone it. He’s paying the price now for what he did … and you know, that’s life. But honestly, I had nothing to do with giving him a Stanley Cup ring.”

The Boston Globe reported that while it wasn’t clear who gave Bulger the ring, the mobster paid for Nilan’s wedding in 1981.

“Honestly, I don’t know who paid for my wedding … I can say that,” Nilan said Tuesday morning. “I never asked … I showed up. I can only assume that it was him. Teresa (Stanley, Nilan’s former mother-in-law, who died last year) could have paid for it … so I don’t know. Again, that’s not my concern … I just showed up.”


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