Personal Info

  • Born in Madison, Wisc.
  • Daughter of Phil and Kathy Kessel
    • Has two brothers, Phil and Blake
    • Brother, Phil, is a two-time Olympian and plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

Hockey-Related Questions

Favorite Memory of Watching the Olympics
In 2006, watching the U.S. play against Sweden in the semifinals. That loss instilled a fire in her to get there one day and win a gold medal.

Best Piece of Advice She's Been Given
Be more than just a hockey player

Olympic Role Model
Michael Phelps

Pre-competition Rituals
Having coffee before the game, listening to music/dancing

Favorite Rink
Ridder Arena 

Lifestyle Questions

Favorite Sports to Play Besides Hockey
Golf, tennis

A Perfect Off-Day Would Be... 
Waking up around 9 a.m., going out to breakfast with friends, going to hang outside by the lake (if in Minnesota) or going into the city and walking around (if in New York City). After the long day, grill out, sit by the bonfire, watch movies and stay up late talking. 

Favorite Place to Travel
Boca Grande, Florida, an island that she grew up going to every spring break with family and cousins.

Personal Motto/Inspirational Quote to Live By
The difference between good and great is a little extra effort

Favorite TV Shows
Chopped, Shark Tank, The Bachelor/Bachelorette