Vegas (August 24, 2022) – General Manager Vegas Golden Knights Kelly macramon Today, August 24th announced that the team has signed forward Elephant Kissel For a one-year contract with an average value of $1,500,000.
Two-time Stanley Cup champion (2015-16, 2016-17), Kessel has 956 points (399 G, 557 A) in 1,204 NHL career games. He ranks eighth among all players who appeared in 2021-22 in professional matches played and tenth in career points. It’s one goal shy of becoming the 13th American-born player to score 400 goals in the National Hockey League.
Kessel has appeared in 982 consecutive NHL games, the longest active streak and seven games away from tying Keith Yandel’s record of 989. The 34-year-old spent 16 seasons in the league with the Boston Bruins (2006-09) and Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-15), Pittsburgh Penguins (2015-19), and Arizona Coyotes (2019-22). During the 2021-22 campaign in Arizona, Kessel led the Coyotes with 44 assists, his highest total since the 2018-19 season in Pittsburgh.
In postseason, Kessel skated in a total of 96 games. The forward led the Penguins in scoring during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs with 22 points (10g, 12a). Internationally, the Madison, Wisconsin native has represented the United States three times at the IIHF World Championships (2006, 2007, 2008) and twice at the Winter Olympics (2010, 2014). Kessel was drafted by Boston in the first (fifth overall) round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft one year after playing NCAA hockey at the University of Minnesota.
Phil Kesselstraight ahead
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin
Weight: 223 lbs.
1,204 games played during the regular season ranked eighth among all players who appeared in the NHL in 2021-22
– 956 points posted (399g, 557 points) over 16 seasons with the Boston Bruins (2006-2009), Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-15), Pittsburgh Penguins (2015-19) and Arizona Coyotes (2019-22)
– Won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins (2015-16, 2016-17), and led the team in scoring during the 2016 post-season with 22 points (10g, 12a) through each of the team’s 24 games.
– Has appeared in 982 consecutive NHL games, is the longest active streak and seven distances tied Keith Yandle’s all-time record (989)
Represented the United States three times at the IIHF World Championships (2006, 2007, 2008) and twice at the Winter Olympics (2010, 2014)
– Selected by the Bruins in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft