Phil Kessel spent his teenage years being chased by the embarrassed defencemen he left standing on the blue line. His speed alone made USA Hockey salivate; his sniping skills ensured he'd be a star. "His skating was head and shoulders above everybody, from a speed standpoint," recalled Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director for hockey operations, over the phone from Slovakia.
Will the real Phil Kessel please stand up?
Toronto Star | Feb 10