Phil Kessel
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"Philip Joseph Kessel, Jr.", is an American professional ice hockey Forward (ice hockey)/forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kessel is a product of USA Hockey National Team Development Program and became that program's all-time leader for goals and points in his final 2004–05 year. Kessel finished his amateur career by playing collegiate hockey for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey/University of Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association/WCHA. He was the fifth-overall pick of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, taken by the Boston Bruins. In his rookie 2006–07 NHL season/season, he was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for overcoming testicular cancer and continuing to play.

Kessel plays internationally for the United States, and represented them between 2003-2010. At the Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics/2010 Winter Olympics Kessel played in 6 games, recording a goal and an assist en route to a silver medal. At the Ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics/2014 Winter Olympics Kessel played in 6 games, recording 5 goals and 3 assists en route to a fourth place finish for USA. Kessel was named the tournament's top forward, and was also named to the tournament all star team.

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I figure there might be some boos. But I'm excited. I want to win. Those are the games I really want to win.

I don't have to worry about it right now. I'm just going to go out there and play and whatever happens, happens.

We have a great freshman class. We're going to give the upper class a push for spots, but it's not competitive. You can always look to (the other freshmen) to help the team out and stuff like that.

I think I've improved in some ways, but I haven't had the best year of my career. My offense isn't how it's been in the past.

I'm not a guy that likes the attention that much. I'm a guy that likes to go out and play hockey and have some fun.

We're just not getting it done out there.

That's one of my favorite places to shoot the puck. It went in today.

I love to play hockey so I'm just coming out to have some fun, hang with the guys and win. That's what I came here for.

This is right up there. Sweeping them in their own building is a great feeling.