Testicular cancer can’t slow Kessel down

Written by Community Health Network on 2/16/2014 6:45:00 AM

Phil Kessel, testicular cancer survivor and star hockey player You may know Phil Kessel as the leading scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, or remember him skating his way to a silver medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 with the U.S. Men’s Hockey Team.

What you may not know is that this hat trick-scoring hockey player is also a cancer survivor.

In 2006, as a rookie with the Boston Bruins, Phil detected a small lump in his testicle. He was concerned and approached a physician. After an exam and ultrasound, he was diagnosed with embryonal testicular cancer. 

"I couldn't believe it," said Phil Kessel at the time. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it."

Phil underwent surgery and had his right testicle removed. Despite missing 11 regular-season games that year, he went on to win the Masterton Trophy.

Now, seven years later, the cancer survivor is attending his second Olympic games. He helped take Team USA to victory over Slovakia and Russia. Kessel is also a part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, and organization that has raised over $12.8 million for research and cancer care treatment centers in the U.S. and Canada.

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