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Chris Nilan just picked up two Montreal Canadiens rookies and that could change everything

Published November 29, 2022 at 4:11 PM
BY MARCO

In a classy move, former Montreal Canadiens forward Chris Nilan reached out to rookie defensemen Jordan Harris and Arber Xhekaj to invite them to his home for dinner.

Nilan wanted the two, who are currently roommates, to feel at home in Montreal.

"It's very classy of him to do that. It just shows the person he is and we have this connection to the northeast, so I got to know him a little bit. It was just nice to go to his house and he invited us."

"I feel like the season is so busy and hectic sometimes, just to sit in a house and have a home-cooked meal, you don't think how far it goes sometimes and it really meant a lot to him to do that."-Jordan Harris



The connection between Xhekaj and Nilan is easy to make, but less so with Harris. The latter, however, played at the same college program as Nilan, Northeastern, while both are Massachusetts natives as recalled by Habsolumentfan.

Nilan has had his fair share of controversy lately. We remember him being fired from TSN radio and speaking ill of Jonathan Drouin via his Twitter account. However, his gesture towards Harris and Xhekaj shows that he is not only a good ambassador for the organization, but also a great human being.

In July, the Canadiens named Nilan as one of four new ambassadors for the organization along with Guy Carbonneau, Vincent Damphousse and Patrice Brisebois, who joined Réjean Houle and Yvan Cournoyer. Over the past year, the Canadiens have done a good job of trying to reconnect the alumni with the organization, something that was not done, or at least not very well, during Marc Bergevin's time as general manager.

Here is a tangible proof that everything has changed for the CH at this level.

Via Montreal Gazette
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