Phil Kessel had an impressive playoff run scoring 10 goals and 12 assists in 24 postseason games helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup.
The 28-year-old’s 22 points worked him into the Conn Smythe Trophy conversation. What’s more impressive is he accomplished it all while playing through a hand injury suffered during the Pens’ first round, five-game, series against the New York Rangers.
According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Kessel underwent surgery to repair the injury on Friday.
With Ryan Callahan missing the upcoming World Cup of Hockey after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip, there was some thought that Kessel could replace the Bolts’ forward on Team USA.
Kessel, who has represented the Americans at the previous two Olympics as well as at world championships from 2006-08, is likely doubtful to fill Callahan’s roster spot now.
In his first season with the Penguins, the Madison, Wisconsin native scored 26 goals and 33 assists in 82 games. His 59 points was good for third in team scoring.
Kessel was scheduled to host his day with the Stanley Cup in Toronto at some point in July – no word on whether the hand injury will limit his ability to hoist Lord Stanley’s mug during the festivities.