Amanda Kessel is a high-scoring, 22-year-old forward for the U.S. women's national team. In 2012-13, her high-scoring ways were on full display when she led NCAA Division I women's hockey in scoring with 101 points (46 goals, 55 assists) playing for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, en route to winning the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female college hockey player in the U.S. She capped off her stellar 2012-13 season by scoring the biggest goal of her career (to date), a game-winning goal against Canada that won a gold medal for the U.S. at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
- IIHF World Championships: Won a gold medal with the U.S. in 2013, and a silver medal in 2012.
- College Hockey: In 2011-12 and 2012-13, she won back-to-back NCAA Division I national championships with the University of Minnesota.
- College Hockey: In 2012-13, she won the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female college hockey player in the U.S., after she led the nation in scoring with 101 points.
Things to know:
1. Her older brother, Phil, is a star goal scorer in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a member of the U.S. men's national team. Has another brother, Blake, who has played professional hockey, most notably in the Philadelphia Flyers' minor-league system.
2. Her father, Phil Sr., was a quarterback selected by the Washington Redskins in the 10th round of the 1981 NFL Draft, the same draft that Washington took quarterback Tom Flick and offensive lineman Mark May.
3. Attended high school at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., which is the same boarding school that Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise and Jonathan Toews attended.