Former NHL enforcer Chris Nilan joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to talk about his hockey career, his post-NHL addiction issues and his friendship with Whitey Bulger that continues to this day. Nilan recalls his initial meeting with the South Boston crime boss, before Nilan’s first date with Bulger’s daughter, Karen Stanley.
“I had my sit-down with him. When I walked in, he sat down, he had a pistol on his lap. He basically told me how he expects her to be treated. At the end of our conversation, I just said, ‘Well, you didn’t need to pull out a gun to tell me that.’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the way I do business” — with a smile.
What I will say is my relationship with him was really good. I got along with him. He was a friend of mine.
“When he was arrested and he was brought here, I went to visit him one time, said hello to him, asked him how things were. We had a nice talk for a half-hour.
So, Whitey Bulger went to meet his daughters boyfriend and he casually showed up with a gun? The dude really was a crazy son of a bitch.
Im surprised Nilan actually likes the guy. Remember, when the judge ordered Whitey Bulger to forfeit all of his personal belongings found in his Santa Monica apartment after he was captured, he said the only thing he wanted to keep was his 1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring. It was reportedly Chris Nilans's ring.
Nilan gave it to his father and Bulger stole it from him. Yet, to this day Chris Nilan considers Whitey Bulger a friend. They have a friggin weird relationship.