Kesler won a gold medal, alongside Olympic teammates Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, at the 2004 World Junior Championship to win the first-ever gold medal for the U.S. at the event. He had his first taste of international gold in 2002, winning the World Under-18 Championship.
He recorded 72 points (19-53-72) in 72 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program in 2000-01 and 2001-02. He joins six other NTDP alumni (Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, Mike Komisarek, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Ryan Suter) on the 2010 Olympic roster.
Kesler was the 2009 runner-up for the NHL’s Selke Trophy, awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
He is one of seven Vancouver Canucks on Olympic rosters. Along with the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings, the Canucks have the second most players named to Olympic teams.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday