Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel was born Octobter 2, 1987 in Madison, Wisconsin. Boston's first pick, fith overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Kessel is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

In his first season with the Bruins, the 19-year-old rookie was diagnosed in early December with testicular cancer. However, Kessel maintained his focus and competed with the Bruins up until December 9, 2006 knowing he'd be admitted to the hospital days later. Following a successful surgery on December 12, Kessel returned to the club's line-up after missing only 12 games. By the end of the NHL's 2006-07 season, he ranked among the league rookie scorring leaders with 11 goals and 29 points in 70 games and led all first-year players with four game-deciding goals in the shootout. His perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey was recognized by the league as Kessel was selected as the recipient of the 2007 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Kessel represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships (2005, 2006) and the World Championships (2007, 2008). In the 2006 he led the Junior Tournament in scoring with 11 points in only 7 games played.

Kessel played six seasons in Toronto where he made three All-Star Game appearances in 2011, 2012, and 2015. At the end end of the 2014-15 season, the Maple Leafs floundered to end the season. As a result the team made a change of direction and traded Kessel, along with Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixson, and a second round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, and a first and third round draft pick.

The summer of 2009 was filled with uncertainty for the young goal scorer. At the NHL draft in June it was reported that Kessel had been shipped to Toronto in exchange for Tomas Kaberle, but that deal fell through. The Leafs continued to pursue Kessel however and rumours swirled until a deal was finally reached on September 18, 2009 that saw Kessel join the Maple Leafs in exchange for two, first round draft picks and a second round pick.

In February of 2010, Kessel was part of the US Olympic team that brought home the silver medal in a thrilling overtime final at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Kessel also represented the United States four years later in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics where his team finished in fourth place.

On July 1, 2015, after six years in Toronto the Maple Leafs traded Kessel, along with Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon, and a conditional second round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, and a pair of conditional draft picks.

In Pittsburgh Kessel would continue to produce offensively. In his first year with the club he appeared in all 82 games, scoring 26 times and adding 33 assists. Kessel would save his best play for the Stanley Cup playoffs however. In 24 post-season games he recorded 22 points, earning strong consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Penguins marched to the Stanley Cup title.

Kessel would appear in each of the Penguins' 82 regular season games during the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 23 times while adding a career-high 47 assists. He also appeared in all 25 of the Penguins' post-season games, recording 23 points, helping the club to their second consecutive Stanley Cup title.

On October 26, 2017, Kessel scored the 300th goal of his NHL career. An overtime winner against the Winnipeg Jets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2003-04 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-17 32 31 18 49 8
2003-04 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program NAHL 30 21 12 33 18
2003-04 United States WJ18-A 6 7 3 10 6 +3
2004-05 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 31 41 32 73 16
2004-05 United States WJC-A 7 4 2 6 2 -1
2004-05 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program NAHL 14 11 14 25 21
2004-05 United States WJ18-A 6 9 7 16 2 +10
2005-06 University of Minnesota WCHA 39 18 33 51 28
2005-06 United States WC-A 7 1 1 2 2 +2
2005-06 United States WJC-A 7 1 10 11 2 0
2006-07 Boston Bruins NHL 70 11 18 29 12 -12
2006-07 Providence Bruins AHL 2 1 0 1 2 0
2006-07 United States WC-A 7 2 5 7 6 +1
2007-08 Boston Bruins NHL 82 19 18 37 28 -6 4 3 1 4 2
2007-08 United States WC-A 7 6 4 10 6 +4
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 70 36 24 60 16 +23 11 6 5 11 4
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 30 25 55 21 -8
2009-10 United States Olympics 6 1 1 2 0 +2
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 32 32 64 24 -20
2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 37 45 82 20 -10
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 20 32 52 18 -3 7 4 2 6 2
2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 37 43 80 27 -5
2013-14 United States Olympics 6 5 3 8 4 +6
2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 25 36 61 30 -34
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 26 33 59 18 +9 24 10 12 22 4
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 23 47 70 20 +3 25 8 15 23 2
NHL Totals 832 296 353 649 234 71 31 35 66 14


WCHA All-Rookie Team (2006) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2006) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2007) Olympic All-Star Team (2014) Best Forward - Olympics (2014) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2012, 2015) Traded to Toronto by Boston for Toronto's 1st (Tyler Seguin) and 2nd (Jared Knight) round picks in 2010 NHL Draft and Toronto's 1st round pick (Dougie Hamilton) in 2011 NHL Draft, September 18, 2009. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto with Tim Erixon, Tyler Biggs and Pittsburgh's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Pittsburgh selected Kasper Bjorkqvist) in 2016 NHL Draft for Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Pittsburgh's 1st round pick (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Sam Steel) in 2016 NHL Draft and New Jersey's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Toronto selected James Greenway) in 2016 NHL Draft, July 1, 2015.
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