8 Amanda Kessel  
Amanda Kessel

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Madison, Wis.

High School:
Shattuck-St. Mary's School

Height:
5-6

Position:
F

Birthdate:
08/28/1991

Shoots:
Right


02/28/2014

Gophers Skate Past Huskies, 4-1

The teams face off in game two of the best-of-three series at 4 p.m. Saturday

02/20/2014

Five Gophers Earn Silver with USA

Bozek, Kessel, Marvin, Schleper and Stecklein take home silver

01/30/2014

Gophers Get Back to Big Ten Action

After closing out the nonconference portion of the regular season last weekend with the inaugural North Star College Cup, the top-ranked Minnesota hockey program returns to Big Ten Conference action this weekend as Michigan State visits Mariucci Arena for the first time as league rivals.

01/15/2014

Hockey City Classic Preview

Minnesota is 12-1-0 all-time against its new Big Ten Conference rival including a streak of five-straight wins against the Buckeyes.

01/02/2014

Gophers Set for 23rd Mariucci Classic

Minnesota is 18-3-1 all-time against the field of RPI, Colgate and Ferris State.

03/25/2013

Minnesota wins NCAA Title

The Gophers completed a perfect season with a 6-3 win over Boston Univ. to win its second straight title.

03/18/2013

Gophers Advance to Frozen Four

The Gophers defeated North Dakota in three overtimes to advance to the 2013 Frozen Four.

02/04/2013

Minnesota Sweeps Bulldogs

The Golden Gophers clinched the 2013 WCHA title with a sweep of UMD at Ridder Arena.

01/22/2013

Minnesota sweeps Mavericks

The Golden Gophers remained unbeaten with a sweep in Mankato.

01/14/2013

Minnesota-North Dakota Highlights

The Golden Gophers swept North Dakota at Ridder Arena to remain unbeaten on the year.

Photo Gallery

2013-14: Spent the season training with the U.S. Women's National Team and competed in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, earning silver • recorded six points (3g-3a) and played in five games in the Olympics • plans to return to the University of Minnesota for her senior season in 2014-15.

2012-13 • Junior Season: Appeared in 37 games • led the nation in scoring with a career-high 101 points (46g-55a) • became only fourth player in NCAA history to reach 100 points in a season • became the 24th player in NCAA history to reach 200 career points and only the ninth to do so in three seasons • posted a plus/minus ratio of +71 • 2013 USA Hockey Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year • 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner • First-Team All-American honoree • named USCHO.com Co-Player of the Year • placed on All-USCHO.com First Team • named WCHA Player of the Year • tagged All-WCHA First Team • 2013 WCHA Scoring Champion with 75 points in conference games • named to All-WCHA Academic Team • scored one goal in the season opener against Colgate (Sept. 28) • tallied five points (2g-3a) in the 11-0 rout of Colgate (Sept. 29) • named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for her six-point (3g-3a) weekend against Colgate (Sept. 28-29) • recorded two goals and two assists in a 7-1 win over St. Cloud State (Oct. 5) • dished out three assists in the series finale against SCSU (Oct. 6) • netted two goals and had one assist in the Gophers' 5-0 shutout of St. Lawrence (Oct. 12) • had one goal and one assist in final game against SLU (Oct. 13) • notched four points (1g-3a) in 7-2 home win over Ohio State (Oct. 19) • recorded sixth career hat trick in 8-0 defeat of OSU (Oct. 20) • sat out first game of North Dakota series, due to an injury (Oct. 27) • scored two goals and had an assist in 4-2 triumph over North Dakota (Oct. 28) • tabbed WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for her four-point (1g-3a) performance against Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 2-3) • assisted Hannah Brandt on the game-winning goal against Minnesota State (Nov. 16) • tallied five points (2g-3a) in 9-1 thumping of MSU (Nov. 17) • notched five points (2g-3a) in 10-2 rout of New Hampshire (Nov. 24) • tallied an empty-net goal in 2-0 triumph over Wisconsin (Dec. 2) • posted three assists against Bemidji State (Dec. 7) • recorded seventh career hat trick in 5-0 win over BSU (Dec. 8) • had a 10-point (6g-4a) weekend against North Dakota (Jan. 11-12), including notching her eighth career hat trick • named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 15) for her double-digit weekend against UND • tallied her fourth hat trick of the season in 8-1 rout of Minnesota State (Jan. 18) and began a six-game goal streak • notched her 200th career point with three assists against MSU (Jan. 19) • tagged WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Jan. 22) for her seven-point weekend (3g-4a) against the Mavericks • had four assists in the series sweep of Wisconsin (Jan. 25-27) • received WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors (Feb. 6) for notching eight points (3g-5a) against UMD (Feb. 1-2) • had six points (3g-3a) in the Ohio State series (Feb. 8-9) • scored three goals and added an assist in the series sweep of Bemidji State (Feb. 15-16) • sat out the St. Cloud State series (Feb. 22-23) to rest for the playoffs • had an assist in limited action against BSU in the first game of the WCHA First Round (March 1) • had a 40-game scoring streak from Feb. 18, 2012 to March 1, 2013 • notched an assist in the 2-0 win over UND (March 9) in the WCHA Final Faceoff championship game • recorded a goal and an assist in the Gophers' triple-overtime win over North Dakota (March 16) in the NCAA quarterfinals • named to the NCAA Frozen Four all-tournament team after posting four points (2g-2a) in the national championship win over Boston University (March 24).

2011-12 • Sophomore Season: Led the Gophers with 80 points, and finished fourth nationally in points per game, averaging 1.95 ppg • played in all 41 games • scored the team's first goal of the season and added two assists against Union (Sept. 30) • tallied a natural hat trick in an 8-0 win over St. Cloud State (Oct. 8) • recorded a goal and an assist in her hometown of Madison, Wis., in a 3-2 win over the No. 1 Badgers (Oct. 16) • assisted all four Gopher goals in a 4-1 victory over Bemidji State (Oct. 28) • had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 victory over Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 5) • named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring seven goals and recording hat tricks in both games against New Hampshire (Nov. 18-19) • assisted all three of the team's goals in a tie with No. 1 Wisconsin (Jan. 6) • named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after collecting eight points in the road series at St. Cloud State (Feb. 3-4), including a six-point effort in an 8-1 win • reached 100 career points with an assist in Minnesota's 6-3 win at Minnesota State (Jan. 28), to become the fourth player in Gopher history to reach the 100-point milestone as a sophomore • had a hat trick with three goals in Minnesota's 6-0 win over St. Cloud State in the WCHA first round (Feb. 25) • had two points against UND in the NCAA quarterfinal win, including a shorthanded goal (March 10) • scored points in 33 of 41 games • had 25 multi-point games • scored 13 points in seven postseason games, including a three-point performance with a goal and two assists in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal win over Cornell (March 16) • led the Gophers with a +55 plus-minus rating • finished her sophomore campaign with the second-highest point total by a sophomore in school history (second to only Natalie Darwitz) • ranked third in the Minnesota record book for points in a season with 80 points • Academic All-WCHA honoree • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist • All-WCHA Second Team honoree • AHCA/CCM Hockey All-American Second Team selection • named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team.

2010-11 • Freshman Season: Played in 36 games, missing three due to injury • WCHA Rookie of the Year • All-WCHA Third Team and WCHA All-Rookie selection • WCHA All-Tournament Team selection • led the Gophers with 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points • along with teammate Kelly Terry, led WCHA rookies in scoring with 34 points in league games • led the team with 14 multi-point games • named the WCHA Rookie of the Week three times and WCHA Offensive Player of the Week once • tied for second on the team in power-play points (12) • second on the team in plus/minus with a +25 • set a career-high four points in three games • started her Gopher career with six points against Clarkson (Oct. 1-2) to earn WCHA Rookie of the Week honors • scored the Gophers' lone goal in the 1-0 win over Wayne State (Oct. 9) • scored a goal in the 7-5 win over Wisconsin (Nov. 5), only to suffer an injury that sidelined her for the next three games • recorded three points (1g-2a) in the 6-2 win over Bemidji State (Dec. 4) • named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after a career-high four-assist performance in 6-2 win over Ohio State • had the first assist on two of the Gophers' three goals against UMD (Jan. 15) • named the WCHA Rookie of the Week after posting three points in the series sweep over Minnesota State (Jan. 7-8) • had a four-point performance in the series sweep over Ohio State (Jan. 21-22) • recorded seven points against St. Cloud State en route to WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors (Feb. 9) • tallied four assists in the series sweep over Bemidji State (Feb. 11-12) • netted first career hat trick in the 4-2 WCHA semifinal win over Minnesota Duluth (March 4) • tallied an assist in the WCHA championship game against Wisconsin (March 5) and was named to the WCHA all-tournament team.

High School/Club: Member of both the United States Under-22 Team and Under-18 Team • with the U.S. Under-18 in 2009, was named the tournament's most valuable forward when she scored six goals and 13 assists for 19 points to lead Team USA to a gold medal • in the 2008 World Championships, played in five games with Team USA and tallied 11 points, ranking third among all players in scoring • tallied 122 points in her final season at Shattuck-St. Mary's, the team's points leader by 61 points • scored 67 goals and 55 assists in just 46 games played her senior year • as a junior with SSM, recorded 100 points (44g-56a) in just 34 games played en route to a U-19 national championship • was a member of the SSM team that won the 2007 U-19 national championship, a season in which she had 102 points in 56 games • played for the Madison Capitols Bantam boys' team in 2005-06 and helped the team to state and regional championships.

Personal: A 2010 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's • born August 28, 1991 • daughter of Phil and Kathy Kessel • third sibling to play college hockey • brother, Phil, played for Minnesota in 2005-06 and is currently playing in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Blake was a defenseman at New Hampshire and is currently playing in the AHL • major is sport management • shoots right.

Amanda Kessel's Career Statistics
Season GP G A Points Shots Shot% Pen-Min +/- PPG SHG GWG
2010-11 36 19 31 50 169 .112 10-20 +25 3 3 5
2011-12 41 32 48 80 193 .166 7-17 +55 6 2 3
2012-13 37 46 55 101 174 .264 7-25 +71 9 5 8
2013-14 DNP -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Career Totals 114 97 134 231 536 .181 24-62 +151 18 10 16