Report: Phil Kessel kept quiet on secretive charitable effort while in Toronto
The Maple Leafs organization and Phil Kessel were not on the best terms by the time Kessel was traded over the summer to the Penguins, but according to SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman, Kessel was not all trouble in Toronto.
In his weekly 30 Thoughts column, Friedman revealed Kessel was involved with an unspecified charity and Kessel refused to make his efforts public.
While the specifics of Kessel's charitable efforts remain unknown, the report itself provides enough information about aspects of Kessel's character to impress even the most hardened of Maple Leafs fans. Of course, Kessel will likely be known far better in Toronto for his failure to ever help the team win anything significant, but like every human being, Kessel is a complex character with both positive and negative traits.
One other note about Kessel: while doing some research, information came to me that, during his time in Toronto, he met someone who ran a children’s charity, offered his phone number and said he’d be glad to help. He did. Very quietly, demanding no publicity.
I wanted to include this information in the piece we ran last weekend, but the charity would not do it without his permission. I’m still waiting — and not holding my breath. But I thought it should be mentioned.