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NEW JERSEY DEVILS VS OTTAWA SENATORS IN EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Ottawa Senators Chris Neil (25) barrels into New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur during the first period of game four in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the Stanley Cup at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on May 2, 2007. Neil earned a trip to the penalty box for goaltender interference. (UPI Photo/Grace Chiu).
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Chris Neil (born June 18, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Neil currently plays right wing for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Neil started out playing minor hockey in the town of Flesherton, Ontario. He later played for the Grey-Bruce Highlanders of the South-Central Triple A Hockey League before getting his junior hockey start with the Junior "B" Orangeville Crushers. He played three successful junior seasons with the OHL's North Bay Centennials. In his final junior season in North Bay, Neil had a career year and gave an indication that he could be more than merely a physical presence, scoring 72 points in 66 games.

Chris Neil was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 6th round (161st overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Ottawa management prized his toughness and work ethic and saw Neil as a player who would potentially fill a much needed role on the team for years to come. Neil spent two seasons with Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, racking up back to back seasons of 300+ penalty minutes and establishing himself as a solid team player at the pro level.

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