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.
That's today's game. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you're a championship team. Guys are going to earn more money based on their performance and what they've achieved, [and] deservedly so. [Saad] falls into that category.
— Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Brandon Saad, who was traded by Chicago to the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason