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The medal hopes of two teams in Sochi may hinge on the Kessel family

Originally Published: December 11, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN The Magazine

TO UNDERSTAND THE hyper-competitiveness that fuels America's new first family of hockey, head to their parents' basement in Madison, Wis. That's where Phil, the Maple Leafs' leading scorer through Dec. 4, and Amanda, whom some consider the best women's hockey player on the planet, honed their lethal shots. It's also where the Kessel-house pingpong champion is crowned.

Amanda, 22, is the reigning champ after beating Phil, four years her senior, in a match that ended ...

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