Chris Nilan, who grew up within the difficult and gritty Irish enclave in Boston, was once a feared enforcer for the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins, and the recent York Rangers and a Stanley Cup champion by no means afraid to enter the corners or take off his gloves. He used to be a valued teammate whose very presence at the ice affected the way in which the sport used to be performed. As an enforcer and as a teammate, Nilan ranks one of the maximum of all time; while the cheering stopped, although, Chris Nilan didn't do good. an identical qualities—his aggressiveness and high-emotion style—that proved so priceless at the ice didn't serve him good whilst his occupation ended. Nilan grew to become to medicinal drugs and alcohol to ordinary his ache and approximately died from an overdose. His tale is an interesting and troubling exposé of the booze, accounts, and medication that spoil such a lot of athletes after their careers are over. yet it’s additionally a narrative of triumph, as Nilan has been the victor in his struggle opposed to his demons.
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