Phil Kessel is a professional ice hockey player; his position is of a winger. He currently plays for National Hockey League (NHL) Vegas Golden Knights. Previously Phil played for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Arizona Coyotes. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and has won back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017 with the Penguins.
Phil is an outcome of the NTDP, which identified him as a super player under 18. He finished his non-professional career playing college hockey for the University of Minnesota in the WCHA conference. In the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Phil was selected fifth overall by the Boston Bruins. In 2006–07, his rookie season, Phil was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for conquering his testicular cancer without leaving his professional career.
Further, in 2009, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs from Boston, where he spent 6 seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015. Phil won his Stanley Cup championships (first and second) with the Pittsburgh Penguins in back-to-back seasons.
Furthermore, Phil played internationally for the United States at three World Championships and the Winter Olympics (2010 and 2014). During the Winter Olympics, he won a silver medal in 2010 and was named the top forward in 2014.
Phil Kessel Broke NHL Record
Phil Kessel, a Vegas Golden Knights forward on Tuesday, broke the NHL record for consecutive games played in a 4-2 win over San Jose Sharks. Subsequently, Phil played in his 990th consecutive game and beat the tied record between him and Keith Yandle (who recently retired), which he set the mark last season.
On 25th January 2022, Keith broke Doug Jarvis’ record when he played for the Philadelphia Flyers in his 965th consecutive game.
Beginning of the 2022-23 season, Phil was right behind Keith with 982 consecutive games. He began his streak on 3rd November 2009 as a player for the Toronto Maple Leafs; previously, he has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Arizona Coyotes, and currently for the Golden Knights.
Phil said that he was glad to win. He added that the record-setting night was special.
That night, Phil scored his career’s 400th goal; he received the sprite from Brett Howden, a teammate, who roared his way down the ice on the break; he lifted a shot over the shoulder of James Reimer, a Sharks goalie.
Phil’s 400th career goal achieved the Golden Knights on top. However, in the second period, the Sharks made goals and earned the 2-1 advantage for heading into the final 20 minutes of the game.
Later, William Karlsson and Mark Stone added goals in the final 7 minutes of the game, leading the Golden Knights to a hard-pressed victory.
Phil Kessel Early Life:
Philip Joseph Kessel Jr. was born on 2nd October 1987 in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. His nationality is American, and Phil’s entire family is associated with victorious athletes.
Phil often participates in high-stakes tournaments, home games with his teammates, and casino cash games. He loves to play Pot-limit Omaha, a game his father taught him. Every year since 2012, Phil has played in the World Series of Poker (WSOP), entering high-stakes tournaments with entry fees of a maximum of $25,000. Further, as of June 2019, he has totaled around $17,000 in live tournament winnings, stemming from cashing in 6 different WSOP tournaments. Phil is also good friends with Daniel Negreanu (a professional poker player), who has around $40 million in live poker tournament winnings.
Phil Kessel Family Background:
Phil’s father, Phil Kessel Sr., was a college quarterback at Northern Michigan University, drafted by the Washington Redskins of the (NFL). Further, Phil’s brother Blake, who plays as a defenseman, was drafted in by the New York Islanders in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft’s sixth round. Their sister Amanda also plays hockey and is currently with the National Women’s Hockey League and is also internationally with the United States. Amanda won gold during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Phil’s cousin David Moss has played most recently with the EHC Biel for Switzerland’s NLA.
Phil Kessel Education:
In 2005, Phil graduated from Pioneer High School.
Phil Kessel Physical stats:
Phil has a pleasant personality and a fantastic physique. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 101 kg. Further, he has brownish hair and dark brown eyes.
Phil Kessel Birth Signs:
Phil’s zodiac sign is Libra. According to astrologers, Librans are peaceful and fair; they are ready to do nearly anything to avoid conflict and like to keep the peace whenever possible. Phil is currently 35, and his birth flower is Calendula.
Phil Kessel Net Worth:
Phil estimated a net worth of around $14 million, which he earned through his ice hockey playing career. He has signed an 8-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth $64 million. In 2021, Phil earned a base salary of $1 million, with a signing bonus of $5 million with a cap hit of $6.8 million. In 2022, he signed a one-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights worth $1.5 million.
Phil Kessel Relationship Status:
Phil married his longtime girlfriend, Sandra Pereira. On 9th March 2022, the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Kapri Mary Kessel.
Phil Kessel Career:
Phil began his professional career with The Madison Capitols AAA Hockey Club from Madison, Wisconsin. Further, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins selected him fifth overall. On 23rd January 2007, in Dallas, Phil was named to the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game.
Phil led the league in the 2007–08 season with 5 game-winning goals out of 13 shootout attempts. In the 2008–09 season, he scored the first goal in the Bruins’ 5–4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Further, in late 2008, Phil tied Ed Olczyk for the longest point stroke by an American-based NHL player. Phil appeared in 18 games and earned 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points. From 2006 to 2009, he played for the Boston Bruins.
On 2nd April 2011, Phil recorded his third consecutive 30-goal season and scored against the Ottawa Senators. In 2011–12, he had another solid start for the season, achieving his first hat trick in the team’s second game. On 6th February 2012, Phil reached the 300-point plateau with a three-point match performance against the Edmonton Oilers. Further, he started his 2012–13 season, earning his longest goal drought to start a season (10 games).
Between 2015-2019, Phil was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. On 10th October 2015, in the team’s 2nd game of the 2015–16 season, Phil scored his first regular-season goal from Penguin against Arizona. Phil won the Stanley Cup in 6 games, defeating the San Jose Sharks. He also scored 92 points in the 2017–18 season, a career-high that ranked him 8th in the NHL. On 19th March 2019, Phil played in his 320th consecutive game for the Penguins.
On 29th June 2019, he was traded from Pittsburgh to the Arizona Coyotes. On 7th May 2021, Phil scored his 900th point, a breakaway goal against the San Jose Sharks in the NHL.
On 24th August 2022, Phil signed a one-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights worth $1.5 million. On 24th October 2022, he played his 989th consecutive game in the NHL.
- USA Hockey National Team Development Program single-season record for goals: 52 (shared with Patrick Kane)
- USA Hockey National Team Development Program franchise record for most career goals: 104
- United States National U18 Team’s All-Time leader for points (26), goals (16), and assists (10) in 12 games during the 2004–2005 World Junior Ice Hockey U18 Championships
- USA Hockey National Team Development Program franchise record for most career points: 180
- He tied with Eddie Olczyk for the longest point streak by a U.S player in NHL history (18 games). He had a total of 14 goals, along with 14 assists, and 28 points, on that run.
- The first NHL rookie to be honored with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
- He is tied with Sidney Crosby and Erik Christensen for the most game-deciding shootout goals in his career, with 13.
- On 6th October 2006, Phil played his first NHL game vs. Florida Panthers.
- On 7th October 2006, he recorded his first NHL point vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, assisting on a goal by Brad Boyes.
- On 21st October 2006, he scored his first NHL goal vs. Buffalo Sabres.
- On 12th October 2007, he scored his first NHL hat trick vs. Los Angeles Kings.
- On 15th October 2010, he scored his 100th NHL goal vs. New York Rangers.
- On 24th January 2011, he scored his 100th NHL assist vs. Carolina Hurricanes.
- On 3rd December 2011, he scored his 400th NHL game vs. Boston Bruins.
- On 6th February 2012, he scored his 300th NHL point vs. Edmonton Oilers.
- In 2008-09 led the Boston Bruins in goals (36 goals)
- In 2009-10 led the Toronto Maple Leafs in goals and points (30 goals, 55 points)
- In 2010-11 led the Toronto Maple Leafs in goals and points (32 goals, 64 points)
- In 2011-12 led the Toronto Maple Leafs in goals, assists, and points (37 goals, 45 assists, and 82 points, respectively). Phil was 6th in the NHL in goals and points after the season.
Phil played for the United States in the following ways:
- 2004 IIHF World U18 Championships (All-Star Team)
- 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships (Best Forward, All-Star Team, Leading Scorer)
- 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
- 2006 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships
- 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (Leading Scorer)
- 2007 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships
- 2008 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships
- 2010 Winter Olympics
- He also participated in two U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camps (2005, 2006)
Phil Kessel Social Appearance:
Phil on Instagram and Twitter has around 205K and 275K followers, respectively. He often shares various posts, including his professional and personal life, with his friends, his upcoming matches, etc.
Phil Kessel’s career is his achievement testimony; we wish him all the best for a brighter and more prosperous future.