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Kessel explodes onto world stage

Originally Published: January 1, 2005
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Hockey world, meet Phil Kessel. Phil Kessel, the stage is yours.

On a night when U.S. junior team goaltender Al Montoya took a major step toward redemption, an emphatic 8-2 victory over Sweden in the quarterfinal of the World Junior Championship belonged to Kessel.

The U.S. National Team Development Program standout, who just turned 17 in October, was simply spectacular, scoring three times, twice on breathtaking individual rushes, and adding an assist as the Americans ...

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