Vegas Golden Knights forward Phil Kessel has always had the body of a recreation hockey player and the skill of an elite performer. Remember when he was the last pick for captains when they chose up sides for an NHL All-Star game?
It’s hard not to like, or at least be fascinated, with, Kessel. That’s why many fans are rooting for Phil Kessel to pass Keith Yandle and become the NHL’s Ironman. When the Golden Knights play the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, Kessel will tie Yandle’s NHL record of 989 consecutive games played.
If nothing goes wrong, Kessel would become the reigning Ironman the following night when he plays against the San Jose Sharks.
Provided Kessel, 35, isn’t injured, he would play his 1000th game Nov. 17 against the Arizona Coyotes. He played for that team before signing with the Golden Knights. This is Kessel’s 17th season. Lost in his Ironman chase, Kessel needs only one goal to reach the 400-goal mark.
He is already among the most productive American scorers in league history. Owen Krepps of Vegas Hockey Now offers six memorable moments from Kessel’s career.
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