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The Nilan/Bulger confusion

It's been a quiet month for Habs fans, but the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston has involved the Habs, to some extent, so I thought it would be worth addressing. The 'news' stems from the fact that Bulger apparently possesses a 1986 Stanley Cup ring, and pictures of him with the Cup have also surfaced. Bulger is known to be a huge hockey fan, and more recently is known to have travelled to Vancouver to watch the Canucks and the Bruins battle for the Cup while he was under FBI surveillance. 

Bulger's son-in-law for a time was former NHLer and current radio host Chris Nilan, which has led many to report that Nilan gave his 1986 Canadiens Cup ring to Bulger. This is not true, as anyone who saw 'The last Gladiators' knows, as during the film Nilan emotionally desribes giving the ring to his father. Nevertheless, the rumours persist, and Nilan was on TSN 690 yesterday in Montreal with the always entertaining Mitch Melnick to discuss his history with Bulger. During the interview he addresses the rumours, and clears up any confusion. 

As always, Nilan and Melnick are worth a listen. Oh, and only a month to pre-season hockey!



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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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