Category: PYHA

Former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Chris “Knuckles”  Nilan was the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Peoria Rivermen Alumni Association Face Off fundraiser Thursday evening at the Lariat Club. The Rivermen alumni are a not-for-profit organization that has raised more than $20,000 in the past three years in a goal to give back to the community. Headed up by former Rivermen defenseman Luke Gruden, the alumni provide scholarships to deserving high school hockey players, help former Peoria Rivermen players and assist with area youth hockey associations. Nilan, who played eight seasons in the NHL and was part of a Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens team, was an enforcer whose career and life was portrayed in the movie “The Last Gladiators.”



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