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Phil Kessel, following the achievement of his third Stanley Cup victory — the most recent one with the Vegas Golden Knights — seized the moment to aim a fresh jibe at his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Tuesday night. A key player for the Leafs years ago, Kessel, now 35, represented the Maple Leafs from 2009 to 2015, becoming a contentious figure during his time there.
Transferred to Toronto in a high-profile trade deal with the Boston Bruins, Kessel’s tenure did not bring much fortune to the Maple Leafs. During his six seasons with the team, they only managed to qualify for the playoffs once. Kessel personally faced backlash for his seeming inability to clinch wins and a perceived lack of dedication to maintaining physical fitness.
When addressing Toronto-based journalists on Tuesday night, Kessel made it clear that he hadn’t let go of the negative comments made about him during his stint in the city.
“Brings back memories of my time in Toronto. You all claimed I was incapable of winning, and now, I’m a three-time champion,” Kessel recalled, according to Mike Stephens of The Hockey News. “Let that sink in.”
In 2015, Kessel was transferred from the Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he became part of the team that clinched consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.
In this recent victory, Kessel’s role in the Golden Knights’ Stanley Cup triumph was less prominent due to his advancing age: He managed only 14 goals in 82 matches this season and participated in a mere four games during the playoffs before becoming a recurring healthy scratch.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Stanley Cup victory
Q: How many Stanley Cup titles has Phil Kessel won?
A: Phil Kessel has won three Stanley Cup titles throughout his career.
Q: Which team did Phil Kessel play for before joining the Vegas Golden Knights?
A: Before joining the Vegas Golden Knights, Phil Kessel played for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Q: How many seasons did Phil Kessel spend with the Toronto Maple Leafs?
A: Phil Kessel spent six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2009 to 2015.
Q: Did the Toronto Maple Leafs have much success during Phil Kessel’s time with the team?
A: No, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the playoffs only once during Phil Kessel’s six seasons with the team.
Q: What criticism did Phil Kessel face during his time with the Maple Leafs?
A: Phil Kessel faced criticism for a perceived lack of winning and commitment to physical fitness during his tenure with the Maple Leafs.
Q: How many goals did Phil Kessel score in the most recent season with the Golden Knights?
A: Phil Kessel scored 14 goals in 82 games during the most recent season with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Q: How many games did Phil Kessel play in the playoffs with the Golden Knights?
A: Phil Kessel played only four games in the playoffs with the Vegas Golden Knights before becoming a regular healthy scratch.