Former Canadien Chris “Knuckles” Nilan is the guest on this week’s HI/O Show, joining Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan.
Nilan doesn’t hold back and let’s everyone know who he’s rooting for at the Sochi Olympics by singing God Bless America.
Nilan, who was born in Boston and is proud to call Montreal his home, remains an American at heart, even though he has a Canadiens logo tattooed on his shoulder. So he will be cheering for the Americans and Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who will be part of Team USA in Sochi.
Nilan also talks about playing for Team USA himself at the 1987 Canada Cup and you might be surprised to learn which future Hall of Famer he beat out to make the roster.
Among other topics discussed are whether the big Olympic ice surface will help or hurt P.K. Subban’s game with Team Canada and if Carey Price can maintain his strong form from the first half of the NHL season in Sochi.
And just so Canadian hockey fans don’t get too upset with “Knuckles”, he also sings O Canada on the show — en français.
(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show)