Kessel Receives Cancer Awareness Award

Phil Kessel was in Washington D.C. to receive an award for raising cancer awareness

Shelby Cassesse
September 27, 2018 - 2:58 pm

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CRANBERRY (93.7 The Fan) - Penguins winger Phil Kessel was in Washington D.C. Thursday to receive the "Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award" at the Prevent Cancer Foundation's annual luncheon at the Library of Congress. 

Kessel underwent surgery for testicular cancer in 2006 and has since won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins and played on two United States Olympic teams. 

He was not at Thursday's practice and will return Friday. 

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said the award is a reflection of Kessel's compassion. 

"I think it's a testament to his character and his care for people like him that have gone through that particular challenge, and so it's a great honor for him, and we're thrilled that he's receiving the award today. I think it says a lot about who he is as a person and what he represents." 

Penguins Injuries

Defenseman Justin Schultz did not play in Wednesday's preseason game due to an upper-body injury. He was a full participant in Thursday's practice and will determine if he can play in Friday's final preseason game after further evaluation. 

Sullivan said they are being cautious with the injury.

"Obviously he skated, full participation. You know, he's still dealing with a nagging injury, but he's close to being over the hump."

Daniel Sprong is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.