Who wore it best: No. 81, Phil Kessel


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Welcome to our series on who wore each number best for the Penguins.

The idea is being openly borrowed from our new hockey writer, Cody Tucker, and his project at the Lansing State Journal covering all the uniform numbers worn through Michigan State football history, one that’s been well received by their readers and prompted heavy discussion and debate.

Under the organization of Taylor Haase, and following the voting of a big chunk of our staff, we’ll publish one new one each day until completion, which should be right around the start of training camp.


Name: Phil Kessel
Number: 81
Position: Right wing
Born: Oct. 2, 1987, in Madison, Wis.
Seasons with Penguins: 2015-present
Statistics with Penguins: 246 games, 83 goals, 138 assists in regular season; 61 games, 19 goals, 35 assists in playoffs.

[caption id="attachment_684665" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Phil Kessel. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS[/caption]

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