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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)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 2006-2007
Kessel has scored more goals than any other American-born player since 2007-08 (242). Ranks t-2nd on PIT with 15 PTS (7G-8A). Had points (1G-3A) in 4-straight games from Nov. 17-25, equaling his season-long streak. Has points in 8 of his last 12 games. Had points in 4 straight games (2G-3A) for first time as a Penguin from Nov. 4-11. Scored 6th goal on Nov. 7 at CGY. PP goal on Nov. 6 at EDM was Kessel's first man-advantage tally with PIT. Had points in 3-straight games (2G-1A) for first time w/ PIT from Oct. 24-29. Recorded game-winning goal in 2nd-straight game on Oct. 28 at WSH. Scored 3-on-3 OT GWG on Oct. 24 at NSH, his first GWG with PIT. Recorded his first goal and point with PIT with 2nd-period tally Oct. 10 at ARI. Made PIT debut on Oct. 8 at Dallas. Career Info: HIGHS: G: 3 A: 3 P: 4 SHOOTOUT NUMBERS w/PGH: 0 G, 0 Att, 0.0 Pct REGULAR-SEASON NUMBERS WITH PITTSBURGH: 23GP-7G-8A-15PTS PPG: 67 SHG: 1
WCHA All-Rookie Team (2006) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2006) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2007) Olympic All-Star Team (2014) Olympics Best Forward (2014) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2012, 2015) Traded to Toronto by Boston for Toronto's 1st (Tyler Seguin) and 2nd (Jared Knight) round choices in 2010 Entry Draft and Toronto's 1st round choice (Dougie Hamilton) in 2011 Entry Draft, September 18, 2009. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto with Tim Erixon, Tyler Biggs and future considerations for Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, New Jersey's 3rd round choice (previously acquired) in 2016 Entry Draft and future considerations, July 1, 2015.
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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
World Cup of Hockey 2016