Raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, rugged defenceman Chris Phillips is a long serving Ottawa Senator and regarded as a “stay at home” defenceman. He was drafted first overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and began his career with the Senators in the 1997-98 season.
Since joining Ottawa, Chris has been a mainstay on the blueline and typically ranks among the top players for average ice time on the team.
Phillips had his best offensive season of his career in 2006-07, as he had eight goals and 26 points as he played in all 82 games and went +36 for the season ranking him amongst the top players in the league.
Phillips played for Team Canada at the 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was rewarded with a Gold medal. He returned again the next year and won Gold again and was named to the tournament all-star team.
In 2012, Phillips became only the second Senator to surpass the 1000 game mark with the franchise.
Off the ice, Chris lives with his wife Erin and their 3 children-Ben, Niomi and Zowie.
During the 2012 lockout, Chris participated in the Northern Lights Dream Tour, which saw players travel to the Artic circle and bring professional hockey to the smaller communities in Canada’s north.