Chris Neil has joined the Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer team!
Chris Neil was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The Senators management prized his work ethic and toughness, and saw Chris as a player who could fill a much-needed role on the team for many years to come. He made his NHL in 2001-02, and immediately proved that opponents could not push around the Ottawa Senators. That season, he accumulated 231 minutes in penalties, his career-high. Chris’s role was as an energy forward, with his best season in 2005-06 when he scored 16 times and collected 33 points. To acknowledge his leadership role with the franchise, the Senators named Chris an alternate captain prior to the 2013-14 season. Neil retired at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, having played 15 seasons, all with Ottawa. His totals include 112 goals and 250 points, as well as 2,522 penalty minutes, in 1,026 regular season games.