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Phil Kessel: 5 memorable moments with the Leafs

The Phil Kessel era in Toronto officially ended with the winger's trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. Here's a look at five of his most memorable moments with the Maple Leafs.

Enigmatic winger had his ups and downs over 6 years in Toronto

Phil Kessel's tumultuous time in Toronto ended with his trade to Pittsburgh. (Google Images)

The Phil Kessel era in Toronto officially ended with the winger's trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Kessel's time with the Maple Leafs was marked by many highs and lows, but it was certainly never boring.

As Leafs fans say goodbye to the polarizing sniper, here are five memorable moments from his time in Toronto:

5.  'Battle of Ontario' hat trick 

Kessel reached the 30-goal plateau for the fifth time in his career in style with a hat trick against Ontario-rival Ottawa on February 1, 2014 in a 6-3 Toronto victory.

This was Kessel's fourth (and most recent) three-goal game, and third with the Maple Leafs.


4.  Off-season fishing tweet

Kessel took some heat during Toronto's 2014 off-season for this seemingly innocent tweet, which he later deleted:

Toronto fans made sure to point out to Phil that participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs would certainly trump fishing, at night or otherwise.

3.  All-Star draft 

Who can forget Alex Ovechkin's wry smile as he snapped photos of an embarrassed Kessel, who got selected last in the 2011 All-Star draft?

At least Kessel got a car for his troubles.

2.  Playoffs against Boston

Even when Kessel was at his best for Toronto during the 2013 playoffs against Boston (four goals, two assists in seven games), things still didn't work out favourably for the Leafs.


Although he had a strong series against his former club, it was not enough, as Toronto collapsed in epic fashion in Game 7 and was eliminated from the playoffs.

That was Kessel's first (and only) playoff appearance in a Maple Leafs jersey.

1.  Media blowups 

The most infamous Kessel moment has to be his tirade on reporter Dave Feschuk last season.

But Kessel's run-in with Feschuk was hardly the winger's first with the Toronto media.


Kessel's time in Toronto may have come and gone, but it surely won't be forgotten any time soon.

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