#16 Dan Kissel
Four-time monogram winner for the Irish … hard- working left wing with tremendous speed and out- standing one-on-one ability … tenacious forechecker who was one of team[apos]s top penalty killers during his career … did not miss a game as a senior, playing in all 38 contests with four goals and four assists for eight points … in four seasons at Notre Dame, played in 140 games with 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points, including three short-handed markers and eight game-winning goals … winner of the team[apos]s most improved player award for the 2007-08 season … joined the Irish after spending two seasons with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
AS A SENIOR: Saw action in all 38 games during his senior year … had four goals and four assists for eight points … picked up one power-play goal, one short- handed and one game winner … whistled for eight penalties and 16 minutes … member of penalty-killing unit that was ranked seventh in the nation, killing 86.2% for the year … scored first goal of the season in a 3-2 loss at home to Providence (Oct. 15) … second goal of the year was a power-play, game-winning goal in 3-1 win versus Ohio State (Oct. 30) … went 18 games without a point until scoring his third goal of the season, short- handed in a 5-2 home win versus Michigan State (Jan. 15) … final goal of the season came in regular-season finale, a 5-3 home victory on Senior Night versus Michigan (Feb. 27) … held scoreless in two postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 37 of the team[apos]s 40 games during the 2008-09 season … scored six goals with 11 assists for 17 point … chipped in a pair of power-play goals and had two game winners … whistled down for seven penalties resulting in 14 penalty minutes … was +8 on the year … had three multiple-point games … first multi-point game came in 7-0 win over Sacred Heart (Oct. 18) … scored first goal of the season on Oct. 31, a power-play goal in a 3-2 win over the Wildcats … had two assists over the next seven games (versus Boston College and Bowling Green) before getting second goal of the year, the game winner in a 1-0 win over Ferris State (Dec. 6) … redirected a Patrick Gaul centering pass for the lone goal … put together a two-game goal streak (2g, 1a) with a goal in 4-3 win over Bowling Green (Dec. 13) and fol- lowed with a goal and an assist in 3-1 win over Union in the opening game of the Shillelagh Tournament … did not pick up a point again until Feb. 13, when he assisted on two Irish goals in a 9-5 win over the Wildcats … had a career-best five-game point streak (1g, 4a) between Feb. 21 and Mar. 14 … scored fifth goal of the season, the game winner in 1-0 win at Nebraska-Omaha … picked up one assist in each game of Michigan State series to close regular season then added one assist in both games of CCHA second-round series with Nebraska-Omaha … closed the season with Notre Dame[apos]s only goal in 5-1 loss to Bemidji State in opening round game of the NCAA Tournament … in five postseason games, had a goal and two assists.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Turned in a breakout season in 2007-08, playing in 43 games with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points … scored one short-handed goal and added two game winners … had nine penalties for 18 minutes … finished fourth on the team with a +11 … key member of Irish penalty-killing unit that finished third in the nation … winner of Notre Dame[apos]s most improved player award … missed the first three games of the sea- son with an injury but returned to the lineup in game two of the home series with Denver (Oct. 19) … first goal of the season was a big one as it was the game-winning goal in Notre Dame[apos]s 2-1 win at top-ranked Miami (Nov. 9) … had a goal and an assist in the Western Michigan sweep (Nov. 16-17) … put the Irish ahead to stay at 2:21 of the third period, 4-3, in 5-4 victory against Nebraska- Omaha … had a career-high four-point game (2g, 2a) in 7-0 shutout at Princeton (Dec. 8) … second goal of the game was short-handed and gave Notre Dame a 3-0 lead … game started him on a four-game point streak (3g, 4a) … picked up an assist in 3-1 win over Rensselaer (Dec. 30) … scored lone Notre Dame goal in 2-1 loss at Northern Michigan (Jan. 4) … closed streak with an assist on Christian Hanson[apos]s game winner in 2-1 win over the Wildcats … had a goal and an assist in series versus Ohio State … went pointless in four straight games before scoring his eighth goal of the season against Ferris State in game three of CCHA second round … goal came at 2:31 of first period and gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead on the way to a 2-1 victory and a trip to the CCHA finals at Joe Louis Arena … scored the game-winning goal in the first game of the West Regional versus New Hampshire with a brilliant individual effort goal that gave the Irish a 4-2 lead on the way to a 7-3 win … with his teammates in a line change, he carried the puck deep into the Wildcat zone along the left wing boards … from there he pro- ceded to stickhandle through three defenders and fired a shot inside the left post at 9:53 for his ninth goal of the year … assisted on Kevin Deeth goal that put Notre Dame ahead 4-3 in Frozen Four semifinal win against Michigan … in nine postseason games had two goals and two assists.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in 22 games, scoring six goals with three assists for nine points … two goals came on the power play, one was short-handed and three were game winners … called for eight penalties resulting in 16 penalty minutes … had 36 shots on goal and was +5 for the year … recorded first collegiate point with an assist in season opener against Minnesota State on Oct. 12 … scored first collegiate goal and hat trick in 6-1 win at Providence on Oct. 21 … scored a first-period power-play goal to open the scoring, added an even- strength goal early in the second period for the game- winning goal and closed the night with a short-handed goal late in the third for the 6-1 final … picked up second game winner in 4-2 win at Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 24) … had back-to-back assists in games versus Alaska (12/2) and Northern Michigan (12/31) … third game-winning goal came in 4-1 win at home versus Miami as he scored second goal of the game at 4:54 of first period … scored final goal of the season in 3-2 win at Bowling Green (Feb. 2) … did not see action in the postseason.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Ill. … played junior hockey on Team Illinois and for Mission AAA, playing on three Illinois state championship teams … was an alter- nate captain on Team Illinois in `04-[apos]05 … played 18 games in his first season with Chicago Steel, getting a goal and four assists for five points … finished third in team scoring in 2005-06 with the Steel as he scored 17 goals with 27 assists for 44 points … goal totals include four power-play goals and one game winner … partici- pated in the USHL Prospects/All-Star game … full name is Daniel Thomas Kissel … son of Dave Kissel and Joyce Renardo … has one brother and two sisters … born Jan. 25, 1987 in Oak Lawn, Ill. .. graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in political science.
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