When it comes to hockey rivalries today, there are none better than Canadiens vs. Bruins.
Chris Nilan knows all about the rivalry, having grown up in Boston before playing for the Canadiens and then the Bruins.
Nilan joins Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan on this week’s HI/O Show, which is focused entirely on the Boston-Montreal rivalry.
While Nilan wears the CH on his heart, he talks about where he would stick a Bruins logo on his body.
Other topics of discussion include what it was like for Nilan growing up in Boston as a Bruins fan, who his childhood hockey hero was, and which Boston player he hated to play against the most.
Stubbs digs into his hockey history books and tells the story about how the Bruins got their name — it has a Montreal angle to it — and Nilan recalls what triggered a bench-clearing brawl he was involved in at Boston Garden during the Canadiens’ 1985-86 Stanley Cup-winning season.
(Photo by Sterling Agres / HI/O Show)