Amanda Kessel, who hasn’t played a hockey game since the Sochi Olympics due to post-concussion symptoms, is expected to return for the University of Minnesota’s games Friday and Saturday, according to reports.
“I’m so happy to be playing hockey again,” Kessel said in a press release. “I’m not suffering from any concussion symptoms, and I’ve been evaluated by a number of physicians who have cleared me to play. I feel great, and I’m looking forward to being back on the ice with my teammates on game day.
“Sometimes difficult things happen in life, and they only make you stronger. It was extremely challenging, but I did everything I could to get healthy. I’m grateful for everyone who helped and supported me throughout the difficult times. I wouldn’t be in this position without them. I cannot wait to be back out there doing what I love to do while representing the University of Minnesota.”
Kessel, 24, is in the final year of her NCAA eligibility for Minnesota, which she led as the National Player of the Year to a 41-0-0 NCAA championship campaign in 2012-13.
She hasn’t played for Minnesota since, taking the 2013-14 season off to play for the U.S., picking up a silver medal and a reported concussion in Sochi.
“Her recovery and overall health have always been most important, and we weren’t sure if she would have the opportunity to play college hockey again,” Minnesota coach Brad Frost said. “Knowing that Amanda and the team of doctors working with her have determined she is healthy and ready to resume playing is certainly great news.”