Phil Kessel is an American center on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kessel was drafted 5th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2006, after dominating junior play with the US National Development Team, and playing college hockey at Minnesota. He debuted with the Bruins in 2006, scoring 11 goals and 29 points in his rookie season. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in late 2006, but was able to come back from the disease, winning the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance in his rookie season. Kessel became one of the Bruins’ top forwards during the 2008-09 season, and set career highs in goals, points and assists for the season, finishing with 36 goals and 60 points. Kessel was traded to Toronto for their first round draft picks in 2010 and 2011, and gave the Leafs their first real superstar since Mats Sundin. He missed the start of the season as he recovered from shoulder surgery, but returned in mid-November, scoring 6 goals and averaging nearly a point per game in his first 10 games.
Kessel played for Team USA at 4 junior tournaments and 3 World Championships, winning gold in 2005 and silver in 2004 at the U18 Championships.