Despite a prolific junior career as an offsensive defenseman and even taking a few shifts as a forward at the start of his NHL career . . . Phillips eventually found his role as a defensive, shutdown defenseman. A role he embraced so impassionedly that he was able to become one of the best in the league. In his career he faced off against the league's most celebrated offensive forces like Gretzky, Lemieux, Crosby, Ovechkin and others . . . more often than not having a great deal of success shutting them down.
The late Bryan Murray once joked that nobody loved scoring goals as much as Chris Phillips . . . but he could have scored more of them. While Chris may not have scored as many goals as either he or his former coach and GM would have liked nobody can argue that he didn't score some of the most memorable goals in Sens history.
From the wild fires in his hometown of Fort McMurray to the massive impact he has had on his adoptive home in the Nation's Capital making his impact felt off the ice was always a massive part of Chris Phillips life. Upon retiring in 2015 he immediately began working with the Senators to continue enhancing the role the teams plays in the city.