Chris Neil

Status: Ottawa Senators right winger.

Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 212 pounds

DOB: June 18, 1979 In: Markdale, Ont.

Hockey Inspirations: “Well, obviously, my inspiration was to make the NHL, as a kid, watching some of my idols growing up – Denis Savard, Patrick Roy. I was a Montreal fan. Watching those guys made me strive to want to be a better hockey player. And try to make the NHL.”

Nicknames: “Neiler, Neil-Dog.”

Early Hockey Memory:
“Winning a Silver Stick back in Canada, it’s a big hockey tournament and we won our division, that was pretty memorable. And MVP of the tournament. So it was definitely one of the highlights.”

Favorite Movies:Roadhouse.”

Last Book Read: “I’m reading George Foreman right now – Big George.”

Favorite TV Shows: “I’d probably have to say Friends.”

Current Car: “I have a Q7 Audi.”

First Job: “My own grass cutting company (laughs).”

First Car: “Z24 Cavalier.”

Pre-game Feeling: “Privilege and honor to play with this group of guys.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Making the Stanley Cup final.”

Most Painful Moment: “Losing in the Stanley Cup final (laughs).”

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Favorite Uniforms: “I like our black ones.”

Favorite Arena: “Washington. (Why?) My brother lives there – Washington Capital fan. I had my first Gordie Howe (hat trick) there, so it was pretty exciting.”

Funny Memory: “I’ve seen some funny stuff…probably Magnus Arvedson painted my teeth with permanent markers. So I went to put ’em in and the teeth were black (smiles).”

Strangest Game: “11-5 against Washington.”

Most Memorable Goal: “Game 3, Stanley Cup final, scored. So being able to score in the Stanley Cup final was pretty exciting.”

Favorite Players To Watch: “I like Ovechkin. Obviously, Crosby. Those guys are pretty exciting to watch. Gotta be aware when they’re out on the ice.”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “I like playing baseball. I don’t like watching though.”

Personality Qualities Most Admired:
“Genuine people. Like, what you see is what you get. People who don’t – you’re not out of the ordinary – you don’t act different just because you’re around certain people.”

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