Thursday, December 5, 2013

Black Aces Vintage - Chris Phillips Goes 1st in 1996 Entry Draft

With Chris Phillips having just played in his 1100th game for the Ottawa Senators, and inching closer to surpassing Daniel Alfredsson's 1178 games for the franchise lead, here's a quick look back at his draft day via some TSN footage when he pulls on a Senators sweater for the first time. I have no doubt Phillips will sign another deal to avoid free agency this summer and end up being the games played leader. I'm sure the franchise is also anxious to have someone other than Alfredsson to celebrate as a "legacy player". Preferably someone still employed with the team.

But then again, Alfie didn't rule out playing next year...

The photo above shows Phillips with his late father, Garth Phillips on that day in St. Louis in 1996. Here's a nice piece on the Phillips family by Don Brennan last year via Fort McMurray Today.


Anonymous said...

I have an uncle who lived in Fort McMurray at the time, and whose son had played hockey with Chris as kids. He attended a celebration event for the Phillips family after the draft, and he recognized Garth as another hockey parent, but didn't make the connection that he was Chris' father. So he went up to him and started some small talk, and then asked him if his son was still playing hockey.

My uncle didn't realize his mistake until they called the Phillips family up to the stage and he realized the guy he had been talking to was Garth Phillips.

Jeremy Milks said...

That's a great story. Thanks for sharing.