Tessier Eager to Start New Season
By Bob Crawford
One of the more consistent presences in the Whale lineup the last two seasons has been that of Kelsey Tessier.
A guy who has had to work for everything he’s gotten over his two-year pro career, while playing on AHL contracts, Tessier has proven himself to be a dependable defensive centerman, a guy who bears down hard on faceoffs and burns to be counted on to neutralize the opposition’s most dangerous players.
Tessier isn’t exactly a hockey version of a “good-field, no-hit” guy in baseball, though, as his five points in the Whale’s nine playoff games last spring was third-best on the team, and he got to the 30-point mark in the regular season, with 12 goals and 18 assists in 75 games.
“I’m getting stronger, older, so hopefully I bring a little more offense,” Tessier said recently about his approach to this season. “Defense, I know I’m really good at that, so I’d just like to bring a little bit more offense to the team.”