20 Blake Kessel
20 Blake Kessel
Birth Date: 4/13/89
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Verona, Wis.
Position: D
Draft: NYI
Team: Waterloo (USHL)
S/C: R

Kessel's 2010-11 Stats
: Kessel was tabbed an RBK All-America Second Team selection and was a Hockey East All-Star First Team honoree... A New England All-Star selection, he ranked second in the nation in defensive scoring with 38 points (10g, 28a)... His 28 assists were the most by a Wildcat blueliner since Jayme Filipowicz (30) in the 1998-99 season... Had a knack for scoring big goals, including a pair of late game-tying goals against Northeastern (2/26) and Boston College (3/5) on back-to-back weekends and a dramatic game-winning goal against UMass-Lowell in early December... Led Hockey East in defensive scoring with 36 points and his 26 assists were fifth among all players in the league... Dished out a career-high four assists in a win over in-state rival Dartmouth College, earning co-MVP honors... Was named a semifinalist for the Walter Brown award.

2008-09: Kessel played in 37 of the team’s 38 games, more than any other freshman… Missed just one game while competing at the World Junior National Tournament… Tied with Moses for the most points as a freshman with 13 on six goals and seven assists… A valuable member of the Wildcat power play, potting three one-man advantage goals and three game-winning goals (ranked 45th nationally)… Plus/minus rating of +16 was second only to his linemate Kevin Kapstad… Had a career-high two points on a goal and an assist on March 6 at Vermont… Had a knack for scoring big goals as three of his six goals were game-winners including late winners against Mass.-Lowell and Vermont at Whittemore Center.

Career Milestones: Career high:  four points (four assists) Jan. 26, 2010 vs. Dartmouth... First goal Nov. 15, 2008 at Boston College... First assist Oct. 11, 2008 vs. Wisconsin.

Before UNH: Kessel skated in 118 games over two seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL)...In his final season, was named USHL Defenseman of the Year and an all star selection...Led all defensemen in scoring with 57 points on 19 goals and 38 assists in 59 games...In the season prior, played in 59 games and totaled 38 points as he notched 27 assists and 11 goals...Over the course of his career with the Blackhawks, Kessel was awarded the Defensive Player of the Week three times, twice in 2008 and once in 2007.

Personal: Born in Madison, Wisconsin on April 13, 1989 to Phil and Kathy Kessel...Shoots right...Majoring in sports studies...His brother Phil plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), his sister Amanda is on the hockey team at the University of Minnesota, cousin David Moss plays for the Calgary Flames (NHL), while his father Phil played football for the Washington Redskins (NFL) and Calgary Sampede (CFL)...Aside from hockey he enjoys golfing and fishing...His favorite athlete is Nicklas Lidstrom...Played in Waterloo with UNH teammates DiGirolamo, Borisenok and Pavelski.

NHL Rights: Kessel was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL draft by the New York Islanders with the 166th overall pick.


2008-09 37 6-7-13 +16 12-24 3 3 0
Totals 75 16-35-51 +27 26-52 6 4 0
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