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Chris Phillips | Defenseman | #4

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/9/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 219
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 1 (1) / OTT
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Chris Phillips has formally announced his retirement.
"Chris’ trademark leadership, determination, hard work, and resilience as a hockey player gave our city and our fans the opportunity to witness an impressive 19 year journey in the National Hockey League," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "Chris’ commitment to our team and our city places him among one of the greatest players to don a Senators uniform. He will forever hold a special place in the history of our hockey club. Chris, his wife Erin and their children Ben, Zoe and Niomi will always be part of our Senators family and I look forward to their ongoing involvement with our team, our community and various foundations." Phillips is the Senators' leader in games played with 1,179. Unfortunately he wasn't able to participate in 2015-16 though due to a cracked vertebrae. Although he was more of a defensive defenseman, he did score 71 goals and 288 points over the course of his career. He also served as an alternate captain for roughly a decade. May 26 - 12:23 PM

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Chris Phillips is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday.

Phillips wasn't able to play at all in 2015-16 due to a cracked vertebrae. While that's unquestionably a rough way to end, it doesn't detract from the fact that Phillips had a great career. He spent his entire NHL career with the Ottawa Senators and is their all-time leader in games played with 1,179. Although he wasn't an offensive defenseman, he did chip in 71 goals and 288 points along the way.
May 26 - 9:17 AM

Chris Phillips was the ice at the end of Ottawa's home finale when the team gave away their jerseys to some selected fans.

He wanted to be on the ice because he knew that it could be his last opportunity to do so, as he might be forced to retire in the off-season. "That's why I wanted to do it, not because it is, but because it potentially could be," said Phillips. "Lots of thinking and decisions to make this summer, but there's a chance, so I wanted to try to make the most of it. (It's been) very, very frustrating to try to put it in a couple of words. Thinking the surgery went well and I was going to be able to play. That just wasn't the reality. It's just not easy." He hasn't played all season because of a back injury.
Apr 8 - 9:06 AM

Chris Phillips hasn't made much progress in his return from a cracked vertebrae.

"It’s really, really unchanged from (September)," Phillips said. "I haven’t been skating a lot. It’s been frustrating and, right now, I’m at a point where I’ve taken that pressure off of where I’m skating and pushing to get back. Right now, I’m just trying to get healthy and then I’ll go from there." At this point it would unfortunately be surprising to see Phillips return before the end of the 2015-16 campaign. Given that his contract will expire this summer and he'll be 38 years old at that point, we also have to wonder if we've seen him play in his last game.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jan 28 - 12:25 PM

There's been no recent updates with regards to Chris Phillips' health.

Phillips hasn't played since Feb. 5, 2015 due to a back injury. Back in December Senators GM Bryan Murray wasn't sure if Phillips would even return this season, so the lack of news since then has been discouraging. It's possible that he's been making progress under the radar, but we recommend keeping your expectations low.
Jan 22 - 6:01 PM

GM Bryan Murray isn't sure if Chris Phillips will be able to play this season.

"Chris is a ways away," Murray told TSN 1200 Thursday. "He's trying really hard. He's in the gym and doing some skating, but I would say, in my estimation, he's a long shot to come back." Phillips is trying to come back from summer back disc surgery, but the odds don't appear to be in his favor.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 08:44:00 AM

Chris Phillips (back) has been skating regularly, but he still isn't close to getting back in the fold.

He hasn't played this season because of a small crack in a disc in his back.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 08:21:00 AM

Chris Phillips is expected to fully recover from a small crack in a disc in his back.

"Chris will require about a month of additional rehab before he's able to begin training to get back on the ice with the team and will not be a participant in training camp," said GM Bryan Murray. "We do expect him to fully recover and be a big contributor the team's success this season." The setback is expected to sideline Phillips for the start of the 2015-16 season.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 06:38:00 PM

Chris Phillips suffered a small crack in a disc in his back and it's unclear when he'll be ready to play hockey again.

He will definitely miss training camp. Phillips had surgery to repair a bulging disc and had returned to the ice Aug. 20. "It’s a significant setback and it’s very frustrating," said Phillips. "The surgery went well and everything on that side was great. I don’t know if it was a complication of the rehab and I’m not 100% sure how it happened." Senators general manager Bryan Murray told CTV that he hopes Phillips will be ready for the second half.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 09:05:00 AM

According to Senators General Manager Bryan Murray, there's a chance that Chris Phillips (back) won't be ready for the start of training camp.

Phillips has already said that his recovery from back surgery has been extremely difficult. Now it looks like it will cost him at least a portion of training camp as well.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 10:03:00 AM

Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips admits that he considered the possibility of retirement during the worst times of his recovery from back surgery.

He told the Ottawa Sun that he was worried about doing everyday things like "walking upright" and playing catch with his son. One would assume that the veteran defenseman will be pretty limited when he does play going forward.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 07:28:00 PM

Chris Phillips (back surgery) should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

Phillips had the operation on April 21, but he's expected to be fine in four-to-six weeks. That gives him plenty of time to get ready for training camp. He had three points in 36 contests in 2014-15.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 01:12:00 PM

Chris Phillips will have back surgery on Tuesday.

The procedure will make him unavailable for the rest of the season. Ottawa's playoff appearance may come to an end as soon as Wednesday night if Montreal completes the four-game sweep. Phillips hasn't been in the lineup since Feb. 5.
Source: TSN.ca
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 06:16:00 PM

Chris Phillips, who set a Senators' franchise record for games played on Thursday, will sit in the pressbox Saturday against the Blue Jackets.

The 36-year-old defenseman has been in and out of the Ottawa lineup since Dave Cameron took over the Sens' bench.
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Chris Phillips will play in a franchise record 1,179th game as a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Phillips passes former Senators' captain Daniel Alfredsson on the team's all-time list. It's been a tough year for the 36-year-old. Phillips has been a healthy scratch on a few occasions in 2014-15, but that doesn't diminish the impact he's had in Ottawa. The Senators are honoring Phillips with a pre-game ceremony on Thursday.
Thu, Feb 5, 2015 07:35:00 PM

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