Vegas Golden Knights sign forward Phil Kessel to one-year contract
VEGAS (August 24, 2022) – General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights Kelly McCrimmon announced today, August 24, that the team has signed Phil Kessel to a one-year contract with an average annual value of $1,500,000.
A two-time Stanley Cup champion (2015-16, 2016-17), Kessel has 956 points (399 G, 557 A) in 1,204 career NHL games. He ranks eighth among all players who appeared in 2021-22 in career games played and 10th in career points. He is one goal away from becoming the 13th American-born player to score 400 NHL goals.
Kessel played 982 consecutive NHL games, the longest active streak and seven games shy of equaling Keith Yandle’s all-time record of 989. The 34-year-old spent 16 NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins. Boston (2006-09), Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-15), Pittsburgh Penguins (2015-19) and Arizona Coyotes (2019-22). During the 2021-22 campaign at Arizona, Kessel led the Coyotes with 44 assists, his highest total since the 2018-19 season at Pittsburgh.
In the playoffs, Kessel appeared in a total of 96 games. The forward led the Penguins in points in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 22 points (10 G, 12 A). 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 round (5th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft after a year of playing NCAA hockey at the University of Minnesota.
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin
Weight: 223 lbs.
-1,204 games played during the regular season ranks eighth among all players who played in the NHL in 2021-22
-Scored 956 points (399 G, 557 A) in 16 seasons with the Boston Bruins (2006-09), Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-15), Pittsburgh Penguins (2015-19) and Coyotes from Arizona (2019-22)
-Won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins (2015-16, 2016-17) and led the team in points in the 2016 playoffs with 22 points (10G, 12A) in each of 24 games of the team
-Played 982 consecutive games in the NHL, the longest active streak and seven short of equaling 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 (5th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft