NHL Second All-Star Team (1956) NHL First All-Star Team (1959) James Norris Trophy (1959)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, April 30, 1947. Claimed by Boston from Montreal in Waiver Draft, June 4, 1963. Suffered career-ending leg injury in game vs. Chicago, February 28, 1965.
I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday