Blake Kessel (born April 13, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing with the Maine Mariners in the ECHL. He was selected by the New York Islanders in the 6th round (166th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
April 13, 1989|
Verona, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
166th overall, 2007|
New York Islanders
Kessel was born to Phil and Kathy Kessel in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the University of New Hampshire and majored in sports studies. Blake comes from a long line of professional athletes. His brother, Phil Kessel, plays for the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL), his sister Amanda Kessel plays for the United States women's national ice hockey team, and his father played football for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. As well, his cousin, David Moss, previously played in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes and the Calgary Flames.
Kessel has been described as an offensive minded defenseman, who likes to join the offensive rush, which has been attributed to his speed and skill.
In Kessel's first season with the Waterloo Black Hawks, he played in 59 games, scoring 11 goals and accumulating 27 assists, for a total of 38 points. In his last season with the Black Hawks, Kessel led all defensemen in scoring with 57 points, scoring 19 goals and notching 38 assists in 59 games. Continuing the season to the playoffs, Kessel played in 11 games, adding 10 assists and 1 goal, for a total of 11 points.
Kessel signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on September 14, 2011. After spending two seasons playing for the team's minor league affiliates, the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL and the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, the Flyers did not give Kessel a qualifying offer making him an unrestricted free agent.
On September 28, 2014, the Toronto Marlies announced that they had signed Kessel to an AHL contract. He was assigned to the Orlando Solar Bears, the Leafs' ECHL affiliate, on October 12, 2014. Kessel then landed a job in Finland and finished the 2014–15 season with Tampereen Ilves. He remained on the Ilves team until February 2016 and then took up an offer from German top-tier club Augsburger Panther, signing a contract until the end of the 2015–16 season.
In the following off-season, Kessel returned to North America to continue in the ECHL, signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Gladiators on September 27, 2016. Tallying seven goals and 16 assists in 22 games for the Atlanta team, he was the league's top-scoring defenseman, when he was traded to the Kalamazoo Wings on November 28, 2016. On December 3, 2016 Kessel was signed to a professional tryout contract by the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. He appeared in 8 games with the Admirals before he was returned to the Wings.
In 2017, Kessel signed with HC Košice of the Tipsort liga in Slovakia. After playing with the HC Košice for a season, Kessel joined the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen for their 2018–19 training camp. On February 17, 2019 Kessel was traded from Jacksonville to the Maine Mariners.
|Representing United States|
|World Junior A Challenge|
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2006–07||Waterloo Black Hawks||USHL||59||11||27||38||38||9||1||5||6||8|
|2007–08||Waterloo Black Hawks||USHL||59||19||38||57||26||11||1||10||11||12|
|2008–09||New Hampshire Wildcats||HE||37||6||7||13||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New Hampshire Wildcats||HE||38||10||28||38||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New Hampshire Wildcats||HE||39||5||22||27||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Orlando Solar Bears||ECHL||43||7||26||33||28||6||2||0||2||9|
|2014–15||Orlando Solar Bears||ECHL||37||4||13||17||44||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
|USHL Defenseman of the Year||2007–08|||
|All-Hockey East First Team||2009–10|||
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2009–10|
|All-Hockey East First Team||2010–11|||
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2010–11|
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- Player's Profile: Blake Kessel
- New York Islanders Website: Blake Kessel[dead link]
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- "Panther holen US-Defender Blake Kessel - News - Augsburger Panther". www.aev-panther.de. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "Gladiators agree to terms with Buzzeo, Kessel". ECHL. September 27, 2016. Archived from the original on September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
- "K-Wings trade for league's top-scoring defenseman, former Notre Dame forward". Kalamazoo Wings. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
- Ruwe, Sarah (September 29, 2018). "Trio of D-Men Added to Camp Roster". jacksonvilleicemen.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
- mainemariners (February 17, 2019). "MARINERS ACQUIRE KESSEL FROM JACKSONVILLE". Maine Mariners. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
- "2009 U-S- National Junior Team Roster Announced". Team USA. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "2015 Deutschland Cup Roster Announced". USA Hockey National. October 23, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "Blake Kessel player biography". University of New Hampshire. February 3, 2012. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
- "Hockey East First-Team All-Stars". Hockey East. March 4, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2011.