Veteran defenseman Chris Phillips announced his retirement Thursday afternoon after a 19-year NHL career with the Ottawa Senators.
Phillips, drafted first overall by the Senators in 1996, is the Senators' all-time games played leader with 1,179 games.
"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 will remain inside the Senators organization in a front office role, where he will continue to engage with the Ottawa-Gatineau community while being involved in community programs, alumni relations and business development.
A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Phillips made his debut with the Senators in 1997 and picked up 71 goals and 217 assists for 288 points in 1,179 career regular-season games. He also played in 114 playoff games, including all 20 games of the team's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.