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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.[1]

Blake Kessel
Born (1989-04-13) April 13, 1989 (age 30)
Verona, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
ECHL team
Former teams
Maine Mariners
Adirondack Phantoms
Rockford IceHogs
Rochester Americans
Toronto Marlies
Ilves
Augsburger Panther
Milwaukee Admirals
HC Kosice
NHL Draft 166th overall, 2007
New York Islanders
Playing career 2011–present

Early lifeEdit

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.[1]

Playing careerEdit

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.[2]

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.[1] Continuing the season to the playoffs, Kessel played in 11 games, adding 10 assists and 1 goal, for a total of 11 points.[3]

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 October 22, 2013, Kessel signed with the Bakersfield Condors.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] On February 17, 2019 Kessel was traded from Jacksonville to the Maine Mariners.[9]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   United States
World Junior A Challenge
  2007 Trail

Kessel landed a spot on the US roster for the 2009 U20 World Championships.[10] In November 2015, he played for Team USA at the Deutschland-Cup in Augsburg.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 56 1 17 18 10
2012–13 Trenton Titans ECHL 54 8 33 41 34
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 7 2 2 4 2
2013–14 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 4 1 2 3 0
2013–14 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 43 7 26 33 28 6 2 0 2 9
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 8 0 2 2 4
2014–15 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 37 4 13 17 44
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 3 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Ilves Liiga 10 3 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 2
2015–16 Ilves Liiga 41 3 7 10 12
2015–16 Augsburger Panther DEL 6 0 3 3 0
2016–17 Atlanta Gladiators ECHL 22 7 16 23 8
2016–17 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 26 3 14 17 24 7 3 2 5 0
2016–17 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 8 0 2 2 2
2017–18 HC Košice Tipsport 54 7 18 25 6 5 0 1 1 0
2018–19 Jacksonville Icemen ECHL 7 1 2 3 2
2018–19 Maine Mariners ECHL 14 1 4 5 4
AHL totals 85 3 24 27 18

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC 5th 6 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 6 0 1 1 2

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Blake Kessel player profile". University of New Hampshire. April 5, 2013. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  2. ^ Player's Profile: Blake Kessel
  3. ^ New York Islanders Website: Blake Kessel[dead link]
  4. ^ "Kessel and Lukacevic bring experience to Condorstown". Bakersfield Condors. October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "Panther holen US-Defender Blake Kessel - News - Augsburger Panther". www.aev-panther.de. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Gladiators agree to terms with Buzzeo, Kessel". ECHL. September 27, 2016. Archived from the original on September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ mainemariners (February 17, 2019). "MARINERS ACQUIRE KESSEL FROM JACKSONVILLE". Maine Mariners. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "2009 U-S- National Junior Team Roster Announced". Team USA. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "2015 Deutschland Cup Roster Announced". USA Hockey National. October 23, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Blake Kessel player biography". University of New Hampshire. February 3, 2012. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  13. ^ "Hockey East First-Team All-Stars". Hockey East. March 4, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2011.

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