Pittsburgh Penguins forward and Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel was suspiciously left off the Team USA roster for the World Cup of Hockey. The snub was questionable at best and presumably had more to do with style of play versus talent but, why would you leave off the leading playoff scorer for the current Stanley Cup champions?
I’m sure there’s an answer to that question but it doesn’t hold up today after Team USA was bounced in the preliminary round. Not the results expected from a country with one of most talented hockey pools to chose from in the tournament.
Things are going to have to change for Team USA and the brain trust is going to have to make some changes, most notably head coach John Tortorella. Torts is clearly a proud patriot but its become clear that the game has passed him by and his old school approach simply doesn’t work in 2016. No, this isn’t breaking news to hockey fans as he’s been fired from three NHL jobs in the last decade. I would suspect whoever was pushing for Tortorella to be the head coach is also going to be worried about their job security.
Moments after Team USA was eliminated Kessel threw shade all over Team USA leadership with a brilliant tweet:
Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn't put my finger on it.
— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) September 21, 2016
It appears Phil the Thrill is a little salty after being left off the squad and picked the perfect moment to exact some revenge. And Twitter loved it:
A summary of Hockey Twitter, er I mean Phil Kessel Twitter right now. pic.twitter.com/TUzlyJZ3Hq
— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84) September 21, 2016
— GifJif (@GifJifApp) September 21, 2016
Phil Kessel has tweeted 3 times this year. One of them was him raising the Cup, one of them ruining USA Hockey. Outstanding shooting %.
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) September 21, 2016
Phil Kessel in better days with Team USA pic.twitter.com/t3YSwbRoyI
— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 21, 2016
Phil kessel was only 28 when he ended USA hockey https://t.co/bQYQTIWDDJ
— kass!! (@kassidyboydd) September 21, 2016
Live look at Phil Kessel pic.twitter.com/DkZYRkW0T1
— Justin Losacco (@justinlosacco) September 21, 2016
I wouldn't have thought I could love Phil Kessel more, but my heart just grew three sizes pic.twitter.com/9rxXdpb6MM
— Fake Steinberg (@fake_steinberg) September 21, 2016
— JustinMyersMusic (@justinmyers3320) September 21, 2016
— B-Welsh 🌐 (@brianw_19) September 21, 2016
— DJ Bean (@DJ_Bean) September 21, 2016
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