Ottawa's Chris Phillips officially hangs up his skates

Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips has formally announced his retirement.

What It Means:

"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 is the Senators' leader in games played with 1,179. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to participate in 2015-'16 though due to a cracked vertebrae. Although he was more of a defensive defenseman, he did score 71 goals and amass 288 points over the course of his career. He also served as an alternate captain for roughly a decade.