Penguins Honour Phil Kessel In Return To Pittsburgh


  • Phil Kessel left quite a legacy in his wake with four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2015-2019.
  • His return was the shot in the arm a fading team needed to get back to their Stanley Cup days. Kessel was at times the Pens’ best player in parts of the 2016 and 2017 championship runs.
  • Kessel never missed a game with the Pens, and recorded 303 points in 328 regular season games with the black and gold.
  • Friday night was his first return to Pittsburgh since a summer trade sent the mercurial forward away, and as is customary the team honored him during the first TV timeout during the game with a nice video package thanking him for his time and contributions with the Pens.
  • Fans and teammates always loved “the Thrill” and the Pens’ video team always presents a top-notch product and this was a very worth look at what made Kessel’s time in Pittsburgh such a special chapter in franchise history.
  • Kessel got a nice, extended standing ovation from the crowd and acknowledged the fans with a wave and later a big smile as the cheers continued loudly right up through the drop of the puck to start the play when the break ended.

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