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Perseverance pays off for Neil

Tuesday, 13.06.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Perseverance pays off for Neil
On July 8, Chris Neil will take a break from preparing for next season during a day he's truly excited about. He'll marry his fiancée, Caitlin.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil fondly remembers the day his name was called during the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo. The right-winger was selected in the sixth round, 161st overall. It was well worth the wait.

"To have my whole family there meant a lot. There were a couple of interviews (with NHL teams leading up to the draft) that I really paid attention to. I thought my interviews with Ottawa went really well and I kept my fingers crossed when they went up to make their picks. It was a thrill and an honour to be drafted by a Canadian team. It was a long road to get drafted. After that I had to work hard to earn a contract and make the team."

Taking a break after working out in the Senators conditioning room on June 12, Neil said he plans to build on last year's breakout season that saw him set career highs with 16 goals, 17 assists and 33 points.

"I had a great opportunity here with the new coaching staff. They showed a lot of confidence in me. For us to not win the Stanley Cup, it makes us work harder. As a Canadian boy growing up that's all you dream about, and it's my goal. I want to get bigger, stronger and faster. The summer is for preparing for next season. It's not like the old days when you came to training camp to get in shape. Now you have to be in shape when you come to camp."

Last season, Neil was one of 13 Senators draft picks to hold a regular spot on the team. He's proud of that.

"You look at a guy like Chris Kelly who came up through the system and played like he did last season. It says a lot about our core group. We're all like brothers. It's a life experience."

On July 8, Neil will take a break from preparing for next season during a day he's truly excited about. He'll marry his fiancée, Caitlin.

"I'm really looking forward to it," he says. "It's exciting to think about spending the rest of your life with someone and being able to cherish special moments together."


 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06