Phil Kessel is relatable, which is a nice way of saying that he’s large and goofy. But as with all world-class athletes, we must resist the urge to see too much of our pathetic selves in him. Kessel is, obviously, one of the most talented offensive players in hockey—he’s quietly having a hell of a postseason, now up…
There are five hockey games that have yet to begin today, but I feel confident in calling this the NHL highlight of the weekend. Behold Phil Kessel flipping the puck over the back of the net for teammate Patric Hornqvist to tap in:
The Pittsburgh Penguins filmed winger Phil Kessel as he went through the responsibilities of the team’s media day, and it’s a delight. I especially related to the part where Kessel swore after being told that he had to participate in social media.
The Pittsburgh Penguins brought the Stanley Cup to the White House today, and Phil Kessel took time out of his empty schedule to stop by. He’s had a nice, relaxing offseason.
Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel had his time with the Stanley Cup last week. His activities included celebrating with the Kessel clan and letting Grandma Kessel slug champagne out of the trophy. Look at her go:
The Pittsburgh Penguins held their Stanley Cup parade today, but really, all I care about is what Phil Kessel did.
It’s tough to put a finger on exactly what the knock on Phil Kessel in Toronto was; it seemed to morph to fit whatever the Leafs’ deficiency was that week. Sometimes it was that he wasn’t a winner, sometimes he had a bad attitude. He wasn’t in shape, he didn’t make his teammates better, he wasn’t motivated. He ate a…
Penguins winger Phil Kessel had a goal and assist in Wednesday’s win over the Lightning, but when he wasn’t on the ice, the broadcast showed him winded and hunched over on the bench. Pierre McGuire interviewed Kessel after the game and asked, “How’s your breath?” Kessel didn’t realize the question was about his…
The verb that came to mind watching last night’s 4-2 Pittsburgh win was “overwhelms.” You can hold off the Penguins for a while, you can even shut down a scorer or an entire line for games at a time, but they’ve got so much talent, they’re so deep with scorers up and down their bench and offer barely a breather, that…
Like all parents of fully-grown children, Phil and Kathy Kessel have a bunch of crap cluttering their house that they need to get rid of. But unlike other parents of fully-grown children, their crap is the hockey net that their three standout children grew up shooting on:
The only value in the Steve Simmons column that everyone’s talking about this morning is the news that Phil Kessel eats a street hot dog every damn day. Personally, I think that’s funny and humanizing. Toronto’s troll-columnist-in-chief uses it as a fat joke, and exhibit A in the case for Kessel being run out of town.
With NHL free agency an hour old, the biggest move is a trade: the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Phil Kessel from the Maple Leafs for...well, from the Leafs’ point of view, it’s not really about what they got in exchange. But let’s see anyway:
Phil Kessel and David Booth got into a shoving match during today's Maple Leafs' practice. The brouhaha didn't escalate to punches, however, and teammates separated the two players.
Here's a thing, by Cathal Kelly and about Phil Kessel and the importance of being nice to reporters, that a lot of people are talking about. You're a smart sports fan. I bet you have an opinion, too!
Phil Kessel is fed up with Toronto's hockey media and their poor treatment of Maple Leafs defenseman and captain Dion Phaneuf. Kessel defended his teammate in the locker room today, saying he was "disappointed" with the reception Phaneuf gets, "just in general."
Ron Wilson, a former Maple Leafs head coach replaced by Randy Carlyle—who was just fired today—went on the radio to call out Phil Kessel for being difficult to coach. A reporter later relayed this to Kessel. Kessel got angry.
Last night, Dallas's Antoine Roussel wiped an entire pane of glass with Phil Kessel's tumbling form. We love a good, clean hit that sends a player flying like someone messed with the sliders in a video game.