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NHL: Toronto 4, Anaheim 2

TORONTO, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Phil Kessel corralled his fourth career hat trick Tuesday and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped Anaheim's seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.

NHL: Toronto 4, Nashville 0

NASHVILLE, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Jonathan Bernier turned in a 36-save performance Thursday that gave him his first shutout with Toronto, a 4-0 victory over Nashville.

NHL: Toronto 3, Philadelphia 1

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Dave Bolland broke a tie early in the third period with the first of his two goals Wednesday, lifting Toronto to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia.
Kessel signs long-term deal with Toronto Maple Leafs

Kessel signs long-term deal with Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Forward Phil Kessel has signed an eight-year contract extension worth a reported $64 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL team said Tuesday.

Maple Leafs' Kessel, Sabres' Rolston disciplined for brawl

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel was suspended and Buffalo Sabres Coach Ron Rolston fined Tuesday in connection with a weekend on-ice brawl.

Toronto's David Clarkson slapped with 10-game suspension

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson was slapped with a 10-game suspension Monday for leaving the bench to join a fight during a weekend exhibition game.

NHL: Toronto 2, Boston 1

TORONTO, May 12 (UPI) -- Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel each scored in the third period Sunday and Toronto forced a Game 7 in its playoff series with 2-1 win over Boston.

NHL: Boston 5, Toronto 2

TORONTO, May 6 (UPI) -- Tuukka Rask turned aside 45-of-47 shots Monday, backstopping the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 win over Toronto and a 2-1 first-round playoff series lead.

NHL: Toronto 4, Boston 2

BOSTON, May 4 (UPI) -- Joffrey Lupul scored twice in the second period Saturday and the Toronto Maple Leafs evened their first-round series with a 4-2 win over Boston.

NHL: Montreal 4, Toronto 1

TORONTO, April 27 (UPI) -- Lars Eller had a goal and two assists Saturday, sparking the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over Toronto in the regular-season finale for both teams.

NHL: Toronto 4, Florida 0

SUNRISE, Fla., April 25 (UPI) -- James Reimer recorded his fourth shutout of the season by making 34 saves Thursday, sending the Toronto Maple Leafs coasting past Florida 4-0.

NHL: Toronto 4, Ottawa 1

OTTAWA, April 21 (UPI) -- James Reimer stopped 49-of-50 shots Saturday and the Toronto Maple Leafs clinched a playoff spot with a 4-1 win over Ottawa.

NHL: Toronto 2, New Jersey 0

TORONTO, April 15 (UPI) -- James Reimer posted a 31-save shutout and Phil Kessel netted the game-winner Monday in Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-0 whitewash of reeling New Jersey.

NHL: Toronto 5, Montreal 1

TORONTO, April 13 (UPI) -- Toronto's James Reimer turned aside 36-of-37 shots Saturday and the Maple Leafs dominated Montreal 5-1.

NHL: Toronto 4, New York Rangers 3

TORONTO, April 8 (UPI) -- Phil Kessel scored in the third period seconds after New York had tied the score Monday, handing the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 win over the Rangers.
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Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel (81) scores on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) in the second period at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on December 30, 2008. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter)
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Philip Joseph Kessel, Jr. (born October 2, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kessel is a product of USA Hockey's National Development Team and became that program's all-time leader for goals and points in his final 2004–05 year. Kessel finished his amateur career by playing collegiate hockey for the University of Minnesota in the WCHA. He was the fifth-overall pick of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, taken by the Boston Bruins. In his rookie season, he was awarded the prestigious Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Kessel had an outstanding 2004–05 junior season, one in which many NHL scouts ranked him as a prospect comparable to Sidney Crosby (and one of The Next Ones). Born in October, Kessel missed the 2005 NHL Entry Draft cutoff by only one month. However, in 2005–06, Kessel experienced several setbacks that hurt his ranking as a prospect. Considered the most talented player on the favored United States team in the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he scored only one goal and the team finished in fourth. His college performance was less spectacular than expected; by season's end he was playing third-line minutes for a loaded Minnesota Golden Gophers squad, though he did score 18 goals and finish with 51 total points, a solid season for a freshman forward.

Kessel was still viewed highly enough that he was drafted fifth overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Prior to the draft he dropped in ranking from first to second place among the North American skaters and in the final ranking he was ranked fourth among the North American skaters. At one point during his draft year he was projected to be the number 1 overall pick but was ultimately surpassed by Erik Johnson and then continued to drop.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Phil Kessel."
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