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Peter Kessel Healthy – Ready To Go From Opening Bell

Photo courtesy of Wendy Sarich

 

Peter Kessel had high hopes coming out of his first training camp with the Lone Star Brahmas, but a nagging injury had other ideas. He was limited to just five games played before December and ended the season participating in less than half the Brahmas schedule.

 

As his Brahmas teammates laid the foundation for what became the best home record in the NAHL, Kessel sat and watched in a suit and tie. “It was difficult to sit out while my team was on such a great run because I wanted to put the jersey on and be more a part of it,” recalled Kessel. Once he was healthy enough to get back on the ice he had to try and battle his way into a lineup that was one of the premier rosters in the league. “Last year, to get back into the lineup I had to focus more in the defensive zone. I had to focus more on making smart plays with and without the puck, blocking shots, getting the puck out of the zone, finishing checks, and forecheck and back check hard.” All that hard work should pay dividends for Kessel and the Brahmas as they kick-off their season September 19 in Amarillo.

Peter Kessel scores his first goal of the 2014/15 season against the Odessa Jackalopes on Dec 13, 2014. Lone Star Brahmas won the game 6 - 3.

Peter Kessel scores his first goal of the 2014/15 season against the Odessa Jackalopes on Dec 13, 2014. Lone Star Brahmas won the game 6 – 3.

 

The 6’ 2” – 200 pound native of Detroit, MI channeled the blue collar pride of those in his hometown to earn playing time. He finished the season with eight points on 4G – 4A. In a rather odd twist, six of his eight points and all four goals came against the Odessa Jackalopes. The other two points were at the expense of the Corpus Christi Icerays. Despite his output against Odessa, Kessel chalked it up to coincidence. “That’s just when my chances came and bounces happened,” he said. Peter then threw in “This year I am planning on creating more chances, so more bounces can go my way.”

 

Once the Brahmas season came to a close Kessel returned home for the offseason taking time to relax and allow his body to recover. However, it wasn’t long before he was back on the ice training with his brothers Will (ECHL Elmira Jackals) and Matt (Little Caesars AAA). “Together we pushed each other to the next level, you never will let your brother out work you,” Kessel said.

 

Kessel points to last season and the number of veterans on the team who were always willing to work with the rookies to help them adjust to the league. They set a great example both on and off the ice. “This year I will try and one of the guys for others to look to for advice and leadership,” he said. “I plan on having more of a positive impact on the ice. I plan on being a go to guy both in the defensive zone, and offensive.” That drive was evident in last night’s final preseason game against the Icerays. Kessel picked up an assist on Alex Berardinelli’s first period tally and just missed another assist when the Brahmas  had a goal waived off.

 

Peter closed on a positive note stating that the entire team is on firm footing and all working toward a singular goal. “This year the team goal is to make it to the playoffs and then win the last game of the season. If that happens everyone will be more than happy.”

 

Career Statistics

 

Season Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

2011/12 Honeybaked U16

29

5

7

12

2012/13 Honeybaked U16

26

9

7

16

2013/14 Honeybaked U18

28

9

11

20

2014/15 Lone Star Brahmas

29

4

4

8

-2

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