|Born||August 28, 1991|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||130 lb (59 kg; 9 st 4 lb)|
|WCHA team||University of Minnesota|
|National team||United States|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Women's World Championships|
|Four Nations Cup|
Prior to high school, she participated for the Madison Capitols Bantam boys’ team in 2005-06 and helped the team to state and regional championships. Kessel attended Shattuck St. Mary's in Minnesota. The 2007 edition of the team captured the 2007 U-19 national championship, while Kessel marked 102 points in 56 games. In her junior year, Kessel registered 44 goals and 56 assists for 100 points. She accomplished the 100 point mark in just 34 games and won her second consecutive U-19 national championship. She tallied 122 points (67 goals and 55 assists in just 46 games) in her final season. She was the team leader by 61 points.
- October 1, 2010: In her first game as a Golden Gopher, Amanda Kessel registered four points (two goals, two assists). The following day, Kessel scored the game-winning goal as the Gophers won by a 3-0 score. The game against Clarkson marked the first time in school history that the Gophers opened a season against a ranked opponent.
- On December 10, Amanda Kessel assisted on a career-high four goals in a conference victory over visiting Ohio State. The Gophers enjoyed a 6-0 win.
- November 18, 2010: Kessel registered 5 points (including four goals)as the Golden Gophers defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats by an 11-0 tally. New Hampshire starting goalie Jenn Gilligan made 27 saves but allowed eight goals in two periods. She was replaced by Moe Bradley in the third period. Bradley stopped 11 of 14 shots as the Wildcats suffered their worst loss in the 35 year history of the program.
- November 19: Kessel earned her second hat trick of the series as the Gophers defeated New Hampshire by a 6-1 tally.
She was a member of both the United States Under-22 Team and Under-18 Team. Kessel played for the United States Under-18 in 2009, and was named the World Under 18 tournament’s most valuable forward. She scored six goals and 13 assists for 19 points to lead Team USA to a gold medal. In the 2008 Under 18 World Championships, played in five games with Team USA and tallied 11 points, ranking third among all players in scoring. Kessel was named to the US team that participated in the 2010 Four Nations Cup. She did not play due to injury.
- WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Week of October 12, 2011)
- WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Week of November 21, 2011)
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of February 8, 2012)
- 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award (Collegiate National Player of the Year)
Her brother Phil Kessel was drafted fifth overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins and now plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Like his sister, he also competes internationally for Team USA, winning a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. A younger brother, Blake Kessel, played for the Philadelphia Flyers ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans, and is currently an unrestricted free agent after the final cut for the Iowa Wild AHL team's 2013-2014 inaugural training camp. Her father Phil Sr. was drafted by the Washington Redskins, and stayed on the injured reserve for one year.
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- "Gophers Win 11-0 Against New Hampshire - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site". Gophersports.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "University of New Hampshire Official Athletics Website:Gilligan Records 27 Saves In Two Periods; Women's Hockey Loses 11-0 At No. 2 Minnesota". UNHWildcats.com. 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "Kessel Gets Second Hat Trick of the Weekend, Gophers Sweep New Hampshire - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site". Gophersports.com. 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "The Official Website of Hockey Canada". Canadianhockey.ca. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "WCHA Press Releases". WCHA.com. 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Matthew Semisch, NCAA.com (2013-03-23). "Minnesota's Kessel wins Kazmaier Award". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
|Patty Kazmaier Award Winner