Amanda Kessel
Amanda  Kessel


Madison, Wis.

High School:
Shattuck-St. Mary's School






Alumni to Continue Playing Careers

Several Gopher alums have signed contracts to continue their hockey careers in 2016-17


Gophers Invited to U.S. National Festival

Seven current Gophers and five alumni are among the 95 players invited to the 2016 USA Hockey Women's National Festival


Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.


Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.


Kessel Signs with NWHL's NY Riveters

Amanda Kessel joins Amanda Leveille in signing a deal to play in the NWHL next season


Minnesota wins NCAA Title

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


Gophers Advance to Frozen Four

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


Minnesota Sweeps Bulldogs

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


Minnesota sweeps Mavericks

The Golden Gophers remained unbeaten with a sweep in Mankato.


Minnesota-North Dakota Highlights

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

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2015-16 • Senior Season: Named WCHA All-Academic Team and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team • recorded 17 points (11g-6a) in 13 games • made season debut and had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, in 3-0 win vs. UND (Feb. 5) • assisted on the game-winning goal during the 7-3 win at UMD (Feb. 12) • had two points (1g-1a) in series sweep at UMD (Feb. 12-13) • scored two goals in 4-0 win vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 19) • had three points (2g-1a) in WCHA First Round sweep vs. Ohio State (Feb. 26-27), including scoring two goals in 5-2 game one win • had two points (1g-1a), including an assist on the game-winning goal, in 2-0 WCHA Final Face-off semifinal win vs. North Dakota (March 5) • scored a hat trick, including a shorthanded goal and the game-winner on the power play, and led Minnesota with four points (3g-1a) in NCAA quarterfinal win over Princeton (March 12) • scored the game-tying goal in 3-2 Frozen Four semifinal overtime win vs. Wisconsin (March 18) • scored the game-winning goal in 3-1 national championship win vs. Boston College (March 20).

2014-15: Did not play.

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.

2012-13 • Junior Season: Named Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, USA Hockey Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year, ACHA/CCM Hockey First Team All-American, USCHO.com Co-Player of the Year, WCHA Player of the Year • named to All-USCHO.com First Team and All-WCHA First Team • named WCHA Scoring champion with 75 points in conference games • named to WCHA All-Academic Team and Academic All-Big Ten Team • appeared in 37 of 41 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 • tallied five points (2g-3a) in an 11-0 win over Colgate (Sept. 29) • named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after recording six points (3g-3a) in sweep over Colgate (Sept. 28-29) • recorded two goals and two assists in a 7-1 win over St. Cloud State (Oct. 5) • had five points (3g-2a) in sweep of St. Lawrence (Oct. 12-13) • 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) • scored two goals and had an assist in 4-2 triumph over North Dakota (Oct. 28) • tabbed WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after recording four points (1g-3a) against Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 2-3) • tallied five points (2g-3a) in 9-1 win over Minnesota State (Nov. 17) • had five points (2g-3a) in 10-2 win over New Hampshire (Nov. 24) • tallied an empty-net goal in 2-0 win over Wisconsin (Dec. 2) • recorded seventh career hat trick in 5-0 win over Bemidji State (Dec. 8) • named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high 10 points (6g-4a) against North Dakota (Jan. 11-12), including scoring her eighth career hat trick • tallied fourth hat trick of the season in 8-1 win over Minnesota State (Jan. 18) and began a six-game goal streak • recorded her 200th career point with three assists against MSU (Jan. 19) • named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for seven-point (3g-4a) series against the Mavericks (Jan. 18-19) • had four assists in series sweep of Wisconsin (Jan. 25-27) • received WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors (Feb. 6) for recording eight points (3g-5a) against UMD (Feb. 1-2) • had six points (3g-3a) in Ohio State sweep (Feb. 8-9) • scored three goals and added an assist in series sweep of Bemidji State (Feb. 15-16) • had a 40-game scoring streak from Feb. 18, 2012 to March 1, 2013 • recorded an assist in the 2-0 win over North Dakota (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: Named Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist, AHCA/CCM Hockey Second Team All-American and All-WCHA Second Team honoree • named to the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament team • WCHA All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • led the Gophers with 80 points and finished fourth nationally averaging 1.95 points per game while playing in all 41 games • scored the team's first goal of the season and added two assists against Union (Sept. 30) • scored a natural hat trick in 8-0 win over St. Cloud State (Oct. 8) • recorded a goal and an assist 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 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 in NCAA quarterfinal win over North Dakota, 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.

2010-11 • Freshman Season: Named WCHA Rookie of the Year, All-WCHA Third Team and WCHA All-Rookie Team selection • named to WCHA All-Tournament Team • earned three WCHA Rookie of the Week awards and one WCHA Offensive Player of the Week award • played in 36 games, missing three due to injury • 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 • tied for second on the team in power-play points (12) • second on the team in plus/minus with a +25 • set a season-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 • recorded three points (1g-2a) in the 6-2 win over Bemidji State (Dec. 4) • named 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 WCHA Rookie of the Week after posting three points in 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 Final Face-off semifinal win over Minnesota Duluth (March 4) • tallied an assist in the WCHA Final Face-off championship game against Wisconsin (March 5) and was named to the WCHA all-tournament team.

High School/Club: Played for the United States Under-22 Team and Under-18 Team and attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s School • named most valuable forward at the 2009 IIHF Women’s U-18 World Championship, recording 19 points (6g-13a) to lead the U.S. Under-18 team to a gold medal • played in five games with Team USA at the 2008 IIHF Women’s U-18 World Championships and ranked third among all players with 11 points • recorded 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 • recorded 100 points (44g-56a) in just 34 games played en route to a U-19 national championship with Shattuck-St. Mary’s as a junior • 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: Born August 28, 1991 • daughter of Phil and Kathy Kessel • has two brothers, Phil and Blake • a 2010 graduate of Shattuck-St. Mary's School • third sibling to play college hockey • brother, Phil, played for Minnesota in 2005-06 and is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL while Blake was a defenseman at New Hampshire and is currently playing in Finland • major is sport management • shoots right.

Amanda Kessel's Career Statistics (As of March 22, 2016)
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 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 DNP -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 13 11 6 17 54 .204 2-4 +10 2 1 2
Career Totals 127 108 140 248 590 .183 26-66 +161 20 11 18


Gophers Win 2-1 Over Buckeyes


Minnesota earned the road sweep over Ohio State behind goals from Taylor Williamson and Sarah Potomak.

Gopher Women's Hockey Live vs. Ohio State


Follow the action between the Gophers and Buckeyes at 2 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon.

Potomak's Hat Trick Fuels 3-2 Win


Sophomore Sarah Potomak scored all three goals to lead Minnesota to a win on the road at Ohio State.

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