Quick hits with Senators' Chris Phillips

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:14 PM ET

Q.H.: For those not following the Swedish Elite league standings or stats, how are you and Brynas Gavle IF doing? C.P.: Brynas is in 11th, out of 12 teams. I had seven points and 43 PIMs through 25 games.

Q.H.: How much ice time are you getting?

C.P.: Not sure, exactly. I am playing on both specialty teams and important situations.

Q.H.: What's the home barn like? The Corel Centre?

C.P.: The Gavlerinken holds 6,000 and the average crowd is about 5,300. They are loud, screaming fans.

Q.H.: Who are the Senators you've played against there? Give us an on-ice story.

C.P.: Marian Hossa ... and Zdeno Chara. Their home jerseys are purple. I told 'Zee' he looked like Barney. I'm not sure if he got that one.

Q.H.: How are the road trips?

C.P.: We never stay overnight. We leave the day of the game and we have some long bus trips.

Q.H.: What player there are you tightest with?

C.P.: Andreas Dackell. This is his home town, and he and his family have made us feel very welcome and our stay enjoyable. But he did forget to tell me I did not need to bring dress clothes.

Q.H.: Describe the place you, Erin and the kids live in?

C.P.: We have a nice, two-bedroom apartment, but 28 stairs up has been frustrating on occasion.

Q.H.: What does Erin do when you're playing hockey? Do you two get out on the town much?

C.P.: They have a community play group for moms and dads, and the Dackells have a boy, Tim, who is one month younger than our son so they're buddies. We try to get out once in awhile ... we get Dack's cousin to babysit.

Q.H.: What do you miss most about Canada?

C.P.: All of our great friends and Capones West.

Q.H.: Way to sneak in that plug. What's the biggest inconvenience?

C.P.: It was hard figuring out things in the grocery store in the beginning, but we are used to it now.

Q.H.: What new tastes have you acquired?

C.P.: Meatballs, meatballs and some meatballs.

Q.H.: What's the beer like?

C.P.: I hear the Danish beers and Mariestads are very good.

Q.H.: How much Swedish can you talk now?

C.P.: Not very much, tack (thanks).

Q.H.: Who are the North Americans on your team?

C.P.: Myself and Marc-Andre Bergeron of the Edmonton Oilers.

Q.H.: What's the TV viewing like?

C.P.: We watch CNN and Melrose Place from 10 years ago. I am also winning all the pools on the reality shows that have already been on in Canada.

Q.H.: What other activities have you taken up?

C.P.: Professional coffee drinking, if there was such a thing. And Erin is playing indoor bandy, which is hockey on the size of a soccer field.

Q.H.: What's the weirdest thing to happen to you since you've been in Sweden?

C.P.: Learning to drive a four-door, standard mini-van.

Q.H.: How much is your monthly phone bill?

C.P.: Not sure, but it would be a lot lower if (the Sun's) Bruce Garrioch would quit telling me to call him.

Q.H.: When do you expect to be home?

C.P.: We'll be back when the team is done playing in the relegation playoffs, which is very likely. Just in time for the Knights baseball season.

Q.H.: Where will you believe you'll be playing hockey next season?

C.P.: For the Senators.

Q.H.: And if the dispute with the owners isn't resolved?

C.P.: Not sure yet.

THE FACTS

- Age: 26

- Birthday: March 9

- Birthplace: Calgary

- Height: 6-foot-3

- Weight: 216 lbs


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