Hockey

Tony Care - Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 15:28 ET

Amanda Kessel loves comparison to brother Phil Kessel

American hockey siblings share special bond

Amanda and Phil Kessel
U.S. Olympic hockey player Amanda Kessel she grew up idolizing her brother and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel. (Getty Images/Reuters)

Some siblings don’t like to be compared to each other, particularly where individual sports skills are concerned.

Amanda Kessel has no such problem.

The 22-year-old American hockey star is the younger sister of Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel.

Both Kessels will be competing for Team USA.

While the two often give each other a little good-nature ribbing regarding their respective scoring stats, the siblings are always supportive of the other’s accomplishments.

Amanda Kessel, who is taking part in her first Olympics in Sochi, shows off a similar game to her brother - one based on speed, play-making ability and a devastating shot.

She loves the comparison. In fact, she grew up idolizing her brother.

"I love that compliment,” said Kessel. “He’s my favourite player to watch, partly because he’s my brother, but I also think that he’s just awesome. I think we’re very similar in our mannerisms or how we carry ourselves on the ice. A lot of people say that we look exactly alike out there.”

Phil Kessel is participating in his second Olympic Games for Team USA. He not only lights up when he talks about his sister, but recognizes her star power, as evidenced by her gold-medal winning goal against Canada at the 2013 world hockey championships.

“She’s a great player,” Kessel told CBCSports.ca's Mike Brophy. “She’ll do unbelievable for the women’s Olympic team. She won everything last year. I’ve always known she’s a really good player. I’ve skated with her, she’s special. She’s got a special gift.”

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