|Born||October 2, 1987
Madison, WI, USA
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||5th overall, 2006
Philip Joseph Kessel, Jr. (born October 2, 1987 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Boston Bruins for 3 seasons before being traded to the Maple Leafs for their first and second round Entry Draft picks in 2010 and also a first round Entry Draft pick in 2011. Kessel played hockey in college for the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers.
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- Kessel won the Bob Johnson Award at the USA Hockey Annual Congress (for excellence in international hockey competition during a specific season of play) in 2005.
- Kessel was named the WCHA Rookie of the Year was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and won the MacNaughton Cup in 2005-06.
- Kessel won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for overcoming testicular cancer and continuing to play.
- Kessel was named the NHL's "First Star" of the Week during the week of December 8-14, 2008 with 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists) in four games in 2008-09.