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.
You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.
— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York