Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
Maple Leafs - Right Wing
NUMBER: 81
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
WEIGHT: 202
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE: 02/10/1987
AGE: 26
BIRTHPLACE: Madison, WI, USA
DRAFTED: BOS: 2006-5 overall
 

Twitter: @PKessel81
Favourite Movie: Boondock Saints/Rounders
Favourite offseason activity: Golfing/Fishing
Best part of playing in Toronto: The fans and the trainers

BECAME A LEAF: Acquired from Boston for Toronto's first (Tyler Seguin) and second (Jared Knight) round choice in 2010 Entry Draft, and first round choice (Dougie Hamilton) in 2011 Entry Draft, September 18, 2009.

TRANSACTIONS: Originally Boston's first choice, fifth overall, in 2006 Entry Draft.

2011-12 SEASON: Played 82 games for the Maple Leafs collecting 82 points (37 goals, 45 assists) with 20 penalty minutes. Ranked 6th (tie) in NHL in goals and 6th in points. Ranked 1st on Maple Leafs in goals, assists, points, shots (295), powerplay goals (10), powerplay points (23), game-winning goals (6). Established career highs in a season for goals, assists and points. 1 of 2 Maple Leafs players to play in all 82 regular season games. Scored 1st Maple Leafs hat-trick and collected an assist Oct. 8 vs. Ottawa. Registered a 5-game point streak (Oct. 6 – 19) to start the season with 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists). Named NHL's First Star of the Week (Oct. 17) with 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in 3 games. Named NHL's First Star of the Month (October) with 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) in 11 games. Became 1st Leafs player to be named NHL Player of the Month since Felix Potvin (Oct. 1993). Registered a career-high (27:07) of ice-time Nov. 17 at Nashville. Played 400th career NHL game Dec. 3 at Boston. Scored on a penalty shot and collected an assist Jan. 7 vs. Detroit (Jimmy Howard). Registered a season-high 8-game point streak (Dec. 22 – Jan. 7) with 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists). Played 200th career Maple Leafs game and scored a goal Jan. 23 vs. NY Islanders. Collected 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) for Team Chara at 2012 NHL All-Star Game Jan. 29 at Ottawa. Collected 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and a (+3) rating Feb. 4 at Ottawa. Collected 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist), including 300th career point, and a (+4) rating Feb. 6 vs. Edmonton. Collected an assist and set a career-high with 65th point of season Feb. 23 vs. San Jose. Scored career-high 37th goal of the season Mar. 31 vs. Buffalo. Tied a Maple Leafs franchise record with 3 assists in a period, while collecting 100th career Leafs assist and 200th career Leafs point Apr. 3 at Buffalo. Scored 1 goal on 7 shootout attempts. Won Maple Leafs' Molson Cup Award for the third consecutive season.

CAREER: 2010-11: Played 82 games for the Maple Leafs collecting 64 points (32 goals, 32 assists) with 24 penalty minutes. Ranked 1st on Maple Leafs in goals, points, shots (325), powerplay goals (12), powerplay points (23), game-winning goals (6), 1st (tie) in overtime goals (1) and shorthanded goals (1). Ranked 2nd in assists. 1 of 5 Maple Leafs players to play in all 82 regular season games. Established career highs for powerplay goals, shorthanded goals and shots. Ranked 4th in NHL shots. Scored 2 goals, including game-winning goal in overtime , 100th career NHL goal and added an assist Oct. 15 at NY Rangers. Played 300th career NHL game and scored a goal Oct. 26 vs. Florida. Scored 1st career shorthanded goal Nov. 26 at Buffalo. Collected 200th career NHL point with goal and an assist Dec. 14 at Edmonton. Selected to play in 2011 NHL All-Star Game Jan. 11. Collected 100th career NHL assist Jan. 24 at Carolina. Tied a career-high with 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) Feb. 24 at Montreal. Named NHL's First Star of the Week (Feb. 27) with 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 4 games. Finished season on a 10-game point streak (Mar. 19 – Apr. 9) with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists). Scored 2 goals in a game on 5 occasions (Oct. 15, Dec. 28, Jan. 6, Feb. 15, Feb. 24). Collected 2 assists on 6 occasions this season (Nov. 16, Jan. 1, Jan. 20, Feb. 24, Feb. 26, Mar. 31).

2009-10: Played 70 games for the Maple Leafs collecting 55 points (30 goals, 25 assists) with 21 penalty minutes. Ranked 1st on team in goals, points, powerplay goals (8), game-winning goals (5) and shots (297). Ranked 2nd (tie) on team in assists. Ranked 6th in NHL shots. Missed 12 games (Oct. 1 – 31) due to shoulder injury. Made Maple Leafs debut and recorded 10 shots Nov. 3 vs. Tampa Bay. Collected 1st Maple Leafs point (assist) Nov. 6 at Carolina. Scored 1st Maple Leafs goal and added an assist Nov. 7 vs. Detroit (Chris Osgood). Registered a 6-game point streak (Nov. 6 – 17) with 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists). Named to Team USA for 2010 Olympic Winter Games Jan. 1. Registered a team-high 7-game point streak (Jan. 9 – 21) with 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists). Registered a 5-game point streak (Jan. 30 – Feb. 8) with 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists). Won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Olympics, collecting 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) with a (+2) rating in 6 games.

2008-09: Played 70 games for Boston collecting 60 points (36 goals, 24 assists) with 16 penalty minutes. The 36 goals scored were the most by a Boston player since 2002-03. Registered 14 multi-point games. Registered 2nd career hat-trick and a career-high (tie) 4 points Apr. 12 at NY Islanders. Registered a career-high 18-game point streak (Nov. 13 – Dec. 21) with 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists). That was longest point streak in the NHL, tied him with Ed Olczyk for the longest point streak by a U.S. born player in NHL history, the 5th longest in Bruins history and the longest by a Bruin since 1996-97. Registered a career-high 6-game goal streak (Nov. 26 – Dec. 8) with 7 goals. Collected 100th career NHL point (goal) Dec. 18 vs. Toronto. Played 200th career NHL game Feb. 7 vs. Philadelphia. Named NHL's First Star for the week ending Dec.14, collecting 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 4 games played. Named NHL's Third Star of the week ending Apr. 12 collecting 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in 3 games played. Missed 12 games due to injuries (mononucleosis, shoulder and flu-like symptoms) and underwent shoulder surgery May 21. Played 11 playoff games for Boston collecting 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) with 4 penalty minutes. Ranked 3rd on Boston in playoff points.

2007-08: Played in a career-high (tie) 82 games for Boston. Registered 1st career hat-trick and career-high (tie) 4 points Oct. 12 at Los Angeles. Registered 5 shootout deciding goals, which led the NHL. Made NHL playoff debut and collected 1st career playoff point (assist) in GM #1 of ECQF Apr. 10 at Montreal. Scored 1st career NHL playoff goal in GM # 5 of ECQF Apr. 17 at Montreal (Carey Price). Scored 2 goals in GM #6 of ECQF Apr. 19 vs. Montreal. Played 7 games for Team USA at IIHF World Championship collecting 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) with 6 penalty minutes.

2006-07: Ranked 1st among all NHL rookies and 2nd (tie) overall in shootout deciding goals (4). Played 1st NHL game Oct. 6 at Florida. Collected 1st NHL point (assist) Oct. 7 at Tampa Bay. Scored 1st NHL goal Oct. 21 vs. Buffalo (Martin Biron). Missed 11 games (Dec. 11 – Jan. 4) following a testicular cancer diagnosis and surgery. Won the NHL's Bill Masterton Trophy for 'perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey'. Played 7 games for United States at IIHF World Championship collecting 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) with 6 penalty minutes. 2005-06: Played 39 games for University of Minnesota (WCHA) collecting 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) with 28 penalty minutes. Ranked 2nd on team in points and 6th in the WCHA. Ranked 13th in NCAA scoring and 1st among freshman players. Ranked 1st on team with a (+22) rating. Named WCHA's Rookie of the Year and WCHA All-Rookie Team. Scored 1st career college goal on a penalty shot Oct. 21 vs. Minnesota St. – 1st time in team history that had occurred. Played 7 games for Team USA at IIHF World Junior Championship collecting 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) with 2 penalty minutes. Ranked 1st in tournament scoring. Played 7 games for Team USA at IIHF World Championship collecting 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) with 2 penalty minutes. Was only college player on Team USA at World Championship. 2004-05: Played 7 games for Team USA at IIHF World Junior Championship collecting 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) with 2 penalty minutes.*Holds USA Hockey's record for career points at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship with 26.