Meet Phil Kessel, Hat-Trick Hero With an Olympian Sister

PHOTO: Phil Kessel #81 of the United States handles the puck during the 2014 Winter Olympics mens ice hockey game at Shayba Arena Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

When the Sochi Olympics began, some joked that Phil Kessel would be known as brother of Amanda Kessel, a star on the U.S. women's hockey team.

But he's made sure that's not the case.

Kessel scored a hat trick for the U.S. against Slovenia today, adding to the two goals and two assists he had in the previous two games against Slovakia and Russia.

The win means the U.S. is undefeated in the group round and has an automatic entry to the quarterfinals later this week.

The win puts Kessel closer to his second Olympic medal. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Kessel was part of the silver medal-winning U.S. team.

His younger sister Amanda Kessel, 22, has made a name of herself on the women's team. The University of Minnesota star scored the winning goal against Canada during the World Championship last year.

With both the U.S. men's and women's hockey teams favorites to make it to the gold medal game, the brother-sister duo might both get to bring home a medal at the family reunion.

Learn About Kessel's Teammate T.J. Oshie

Name: Phil Kessel

Events: Men's Hockey Competition

Stats: 6', 202 pounds, 26 years old

Hometown: Madison, Wis.

Olympic Record: Sochi will be Kessel's second appearance in a Winter Olympics.

Background:

Sochi is Kessel's second Olympic games, he earned a silver medal in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010.

He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2006 after playing one season with the University of Minnesota. He currently plays right wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kessel won't be lonely during the Sochi games, his younger sister Amanda Kessel is making her Olympic debut as part of the U.S. women's hockey team.

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