Nilan sings God Bless America on HI/O Show

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)


  1. knucklesnilan says:

    Knuckles is so right about Bourque. I’ve tried to give Rene the benefit of the doubt but time to let him go. Probably can’t get much, maybe a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick but I see it addition by subtraction kind of thing. Give Bournival his spot, he’s dying on the 4th line, Therien is ruining this kid. With Chucky gone Bournival could get some premium ice time. Make it so Bergevin.
    Go Habs Go !!

  2. scotland says:

    habs circling the drain. playing exactly like they did last year at the 40 plus game mark…..horrible

  3. Luke says:

    you suckers still hanging out here?

    Follow me! This place is dead anyways…

  4. Danno says:

    I sure hope Budaj has an okely dokely game tonight


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  5. Ian Cobb says:

    I will be going to Montreal on Sat. Jan. 25th with my oldest son. His 1st game at the Bell Center, ever. Jeffrey was running the customs dept. at The Blackberry company in Waterloo Ont. since leaving University many years ago. He was laid off 2 months ago.

    So I thought we would go to watch a game together. At the same time that I will be delivering a check to the Children’s Foundation and seek out a facility room to hold our next Summit. (meet & great, charity raffle, pre game dinner, and after game dance, with bar of course)

    Be great to meet up with a few of you while we are in town!!

    I am hoping to meet up with some HIO people at Hurley’s before or after the game.


  6. Habfan10912 says:

    Completely off topic but as a big time Piazza fan, I’m not happy today. There’s no questioning Glavine, Maddox (who I think was that era’s greatest pitcher) and Frank Thomas.
    But leaving off Piazza because of back acne is stupid.

    OK. Rant over. Back to hockey……

  7. Luke says:

    “Selon Marc Bergevin , Jacob De La Rose jouera en Amerique du Nord la saison prochaine”

    The Luke Translator is guessing this says:

    MB says JDL is playing in North America next season (and will subsequently be ruined by who ever the coach is).

  8. habsfan0 says:

    Briere should be more comfortable playing in Philly the second time as a Hab.
    I predict he’ll have a very strong game tonight.

  9. Plekasuares says:


  10. 24 Cups says:

    Why is this thread posted just a few minutes before Mike Boone posts his game blog? Couldn’t the timing have been better? Say tomorrow around lunch time after ‘About Last Night’ dies down.

    • Luke says:

      driving up the “Numero uno!” posts so everyone gets a chance to participate.

      Plus, at least in here we can finally discuss the merits of PK and Michel Therrien…

  11. bwoar says:

    Chris Nilan sucks. Sorry.


  12. Danno says:

    Numero Uno!


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