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Phil Kessel

Phil Kessel  #81

Pittsburgh Penguins  Right Wing
NUMBER: 81 BIRTHDATE: October 2, 1987  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Madison, WI, United States
WEIGHT: 202 DRAFTED: BOS / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
Competing in his first Olympic games, Kessel will be playing under head coach Ron Wilson and GM Brian Burke - his management staff with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He was a member of three consecutive World Championship teams (2006, 2007 and 2008), leading the team in scoring with six goals in 2008. His line, with Zach Parise and Patrick Kane, combined for 28 points (14-14-28) and 44% of the team’s total scoring in seven games.

Kessel led the tournament with 10 assists (1-10-11) in seven games at the 2006 World Junior Championships held in Vancouver. The U.S. team, which also featured 2010 Olympians Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Bobby Ryan, finished fourth after a bronze medal loss to Finland.

He was honored with the Bob Johnson Award at the 2005 USA Hockey Annual Congress for excellence in international hockey during a specific season of play.

His sister, Amanda, was a member of the 2008 team that captured the United States’ first-ever Women’s World Under-18 Championship gold medal.

Quote of the Day

He's been one of our top players all year. Tonight he was by far our best player. There wasn't anybody in the same universe as him.

— Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz on goalie Braden Holtby, who made 33 saves to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 1-0
World Cup of Hockey 2016