Peter Kessel had high hopes entering the season after being selected by the Lone Star Brahmas in the eighth round on the NAHL Entry Draft. That was before he was sidelined with a knee injury after playing two games at the season opening NAHL Showcase Tournament.
The Brahmas were the first team to reach out to Kessel prior to the draft so he was aware that he was on their draft board. “When I was drafted I didn’t realize it because I was at a power skating session,” said Kessel. A friend of Peter’s had been checking the draft online and let him know that he had been picked by the Brahmas. “When I got back to my car I saw I had a missed call from Potter. I called him back right away and thanked him for believing in me and picking me in the draft.”
Growing up, Peter had to look no further than down the hall for a role model. “I’ve always looked up to my brother and I still do today,” Kessel said. “He’s played juniors and currently in college and has always been a great role model on and off the ice.” Will Kessel spent two seasons with the USHL Green Bay Gamblers, winning a Clark Cup Championship in 2010, before moving on to Western Michigan University where he won a CCHA Championship in 2012.
Keeping himself motivated, working his way back from the knee injury while watching his teammates building one of the best records in the NAHL was no different. Kessel again looked to his older brother. “My brother had surgery on his shoulder in back to back summers and continued to battle back, so I thought if he can do that I can recover from a far less severe injury and battle back.” Now that he has made his way back Peter says the knee is 100 percent, but he is still cautious with it.