Phil Kessel

American ice hockey player

Philip Joseph Kessel, Jr. (born October 2, 1987 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Boston Bruins for 3 seasons and the Toronto Maple Leafs for 6 seasons. Kessel played hockey in college for the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers.

Phil Kessel
Kessel during his time with the Maple Leafs
Born (1987-10-02) October 2, 1987 (age 36)
Madison, WI, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  United States
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2006
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2006–present

On July 1, 2015, Kessel was traded 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 conditional first- and third-round draft picks.[1]


  • Kessel won the Bob Johnson Award at the USA Hockey Annual Congress (for excellence in international hockey competition during a specific season of play) in 2005.
  • Kessel was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and won the MacNaughton Cup in 2005-06.
  • Kessel won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for overcoming testicular cancer and continuing to play.
  • Kessel was named the NHL's "First Star" of the Week during the week of December 8-14, 2008 with 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists) in four games in 2008-09.


  1. "Penguins Acquire Forwards Phil Kessel and Tyler Biggs, and Defenseman Tim Erixon from Toronto in Exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and a 2016 Third-Round Draft Pick". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved 2015-10-02.

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