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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 44

30 May 2011

Today’s guest is Chris Nilan, NHL right winger from 1980 to 1992, primarily for the Montreal Canadiens as well as the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. A legendary enforcer, he holds the NHL record for the most penalties in a single game (10!) and averaged 4.42 penalty minutes per game, also an NHL record. Follow him at his blog, and on Twitter @KnucklesNilan30.

The topics we cover:

  • 0:30-3:53: The death of Derek Boogaard
  • 3:54-6:39: The mindset of an enforcer, and dulling the pain with alcohol
  • 6:40-8:49: Camps to teach fighting to kids, like the one Boogaard ran
  • 8:50-9:56: Chris’s toughest opponents
  • 9:57-15:40: Should the NHL abolish fighting?
  • 15:41-19:26: Mandating equipment like visors and cages
  • 19:27-23:16: How quickly should a player come back after an injury?
  • 23:17-25:39: The return of the NHL to Winnipeg and possibly Quebec City
  • 25:40-30:00: The upcoming Stanley Cup finals between Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins
  • 30:01-end: Food Pick of the Week

Chris’s Canadian pick
Chris’s American pick
My pick

Chris’s favorite charities are Montreal Children’s Hospital and Leslie Davidson Foundation for ALS.

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