ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
35 - Christina Kessler
Christina Kessler
Height: 5-6
Year: Senior
Hometown: Oakville, Ont.
High School: Oakville Trafalgar
Position: Goaltender
Bats/Throws: L
House Affiliation: Eliot

Senior • 2009-10
NCAA record holder for career save percentage (1,863 of 1,979, .9414) ... Harvard’s all-time winningest goaltender with 64 career victories ... Nominee for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ... Tabbed All-Ivy League honorable mention ... Academic All-Ivy League ... Saw action in 15 games ... Named to ECAC Hockey preseason all-league team ... Ranked fifth in the nation with a .944 save percentage and fifth with a 1.39 goals-against average ... Had four clean sheets ... Made 29 stops in season-opening victory at Colgate (Oct. 30) ... Turned aside 22 shots at Cornell (Oct. 31) ... Stopped 20 shots against No. 2 Clarkson (Nov. 6) ... Had 14 saves in shutout win over St. Lawrence (Nov. 7) .. Recorded a career-high 37 saves against Princeton (Nov. 14) ... Stopped 13 shots in win over Quinnipiac (Nov. 15) ... Turned aside 24 shots in 1-1 tie against New Hampshire (Nov. 18) ... Recorded a shutout, making 21 saves in win at Yale (Nov. 20) ... Made 26 saves to earn 60th career win (Nov. 21) ... Stopped 27 saves in victory over Dartmouth (Nov. 25) ... Honored as ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week Nov. 30 ... Recorded third shutout of the season, making 24 saves in 1-0 win against No. 2 Minnesota (Dec. 4) ... Earned second straight clean sheet against No. 2 Minnesota, stopping 29 saves (Dec. 5) ... Honored as ECAC Hockey Goaltender and COOP Student-Athlete of the Week Dec. 7 ... Tied Ali Boe ‘06 for Harvard career wins record with 63 by stopping 17 shots in 2-1 victory against Connecticut (Dec. 8) ... Made 27 saves, including 12 in the third period, in tie against Cornell (Jan. 15) ... Established Harvard’s all-time wins record by earning 64th career victory with 21 saves in 5-1 win over Colgate (Jan. 16).

Junior • 2008-09
Started 27 games in net and stood 17-8-2 overall and 14-2-1 in ECAC Hockey games ... Named to the All-Ivy League first team and All-ECAC Hockey second team ... Tabbed to New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Star Team ... Ranked first in the conference with a 1.55 goals-against average against ECAC Hockey opponents ... Stood third in the nation with a 1.59 goals-against mark overall and seventh with a .933 save percentage (599 of 642) ... Owns a 55-14-2 career record, placing her second in victories in school history ... Had six shutouts on the season ... Named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week (Jan. 12 and Feb. 9) ... Selected to ECAC Hockey preseason all-league team ...Had 35 saves in 5-2 win at Cornell (Feb. 13) ... Made 22 stops in victory at Quinnipiac (Oct. 31) ... Stopped 21 shots in 1-1 tie against Rensselaer (Nov. 7) ... Made 26 saves in 5-1 victory over Cornell (Nov. 22) ... Stopped 44 shots in two games at Minnesota (Nov. 28-29), including 25 in the second contest ... Recorded 12 saves in 1-1 draw at New Hampshire (Dec. 5) ... Made 22 saves at Connecticut (Dec. 14) ... Had 32 stops in 3-2 victory at Dartmouth (Dec. 17) ... Recorded 32 saves en route to a shutout at Yale (Jan. 10) ... Made 15 saves and held Rensselaer to one power-play goal out of six chances in victory over Engineers (Jan. 31) ... Stopped 17 shots in Harvard’s win over Boston University in Beanpot semifinal (Feb. 3) ... Recorded a 27-save effort in win over Yale (Feb. 6) ... Earned second shutout in three games, making 27 saves against Brown (Feb. 7) ... Made 22 saves against Boston College in Beanpot final ... Recorded 26 stops, including one on a penalty shot, in Harvard’s 2-1 win at Colgate (Feb. 14) ... Had 26 stops against New Hampshire (Feb. 17) ... Earned fourth shutout of season by making 22 saves against St. Lawrence (Feb. 20) ... Recorded back-to-back shutouts against Cornell (3-0, 4-0) during ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series (Feb. 27-28).

Sophomore • 2007-08
ECAC Goaltender of the Year ... RBK Hockey/AHCA All-America Second Team ... First Team All-ECAC and All-Ivy League ... Selected to All-ECAC Tournament Team after making 42 saves on 44 shots during ECAC semifinal and final rounds ... New England Hockey Writers Division I Women's All-Star Team ... Set the NCAA single-season record with 12 shutouts ... Paced the country with a .952 save percentage (679 of 713) and winning percentage (30-2-0, .938) ... Was second in goals-against average (1.06) ... Helped Harvard set the all-time goals allowed record for a season (34) ... Surpassed Ali Boe '06 for Crimson single-season shutout mark after blanking Dartmouth, 4-0 (Jan. 27); Boe's previous record was seven shutouts in 2003-04 ... Is tied with Boe for the Crimson career shutout record with 15 ... Honored with the Joe Bertagna Award as the best goaltender in the Beanpot; stopped 41 of 43 shots during the tournament ... Earned 25th victory of the season in 4-2 victory at Cornell (Feb. 23) ... Named ECAC Goaltender of the Week Feb. 18 for third time during season after setting shutout record, winning the Beanpot and making 30 saves in 3-1 victory at Princeton (Feb. 15) ... Selected ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week (Nov. 19) after earning back-to-back shutouts over Yale (Nov. 16) and Brown (Nov. 17); made 36 saves in the two victories ... Shut out Clarkson (Nov. 23) for third-straight game without allowing a goal ... Earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors for second time (Jan. 7) after helping Harvard sweep weekend play against Cornell and Colgate ... Recorded three straight shutouts for second time during season (Jan. 5-Jan. 11 against Colgate, Boston College and at St. Lawrence); stopped 64 shots during shutout streak ... Stopped 29 shots in 2-0 win at St. Lawrence (Jan. 11) ... Had a 233:19 scoreless streak before allowing a goal against No. 2 St. Lawrence (Nov. 24); Harvard won the game, 5-1... Earned shutout over Connecticut (Dec. 7) ... Made 28 saves in 2-1 victory at Dartmouth (Nov. 27) ... Surrendered one goal on 18 shots in 4-1 win at Providence (Dec. 8) ... Collected first career assist on a goal by Kathryn Farni at Brown (Feb. 1).

Freshman • 2006-07
Named to the ECAC Hockey League All-Academic Team ... A two-time ECACHL Rookie of the Week and one-time Goalie of the Week ... Appeared in 12 games with 11 starts, picking up eight wins as a rookie ... Ranked among national statistical leaders for much of the season, but finished just shy of the number of minutes needed to qualify ... Carried over enough minutes, her numbers would have been good for fifth nationally in goals-against average and seventh in save percentage ... Posted shutouts against Princeton twice (Nov. 25 and Jan. 5) and No. 7 Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 2) ... First shutout of Princeton and blanking of UMD came in her second and third collegiate games and were part of a stretch of 150 minutes without allowing a goal ... Named ECACHL Rookie of the Week (Nov. 27) and Goaltender of the Week (Dec. 5) for her play in that stretch ... Second shutout of Princeton earned her selection as ECACHL Rookie of the Week (Jan. 8) as she made 17 of her 30 saves in the third period of the 3-0 win ... Allowed one total goal in first three games for Harvard ... Stopped 30 shots in each game against Princeton and 20 against UMD ... Made a then career-high 33 saves in 3-3 tie against No. 3 New Hampshire (Dec.8) ... Posted a 4-1-1 record at home and a 7-3-0 mark in league games.

International
Led Canada's Under-22 Team to the Gold Medal at 2010 MLP Cup, earning a shutout with 15 saves in gold-medal game against Switzerland ... Competed at Hockey Canada's Under-22 Team selection camp in August 2009 and the strength and conditioning camp earlier that year in May ... Helped Team Canada's Under-22 Team win the silver medal at the MLP Cup in January 2009, recording two shutouts and 35 saves in two games ... Made 40 saves in two games for Canada's Under-22 Team that defeated Team USA in a three-game series in August 2008 ... Named to Hockey Canada’s Under-22 women’s strength, conditioning and skating camp in May ... Attended Hockey Canada goaltending camp in Summer 2008.

Before Harvard
Graduated from Oakville Trafalgar HS after attending Etienne-Brule for three years ... Played competitive hockey for the Tornoto Jr. Aeros of the PWHL ... Led team to an undefeated regular season as well as league and provincial titles in 2005-06 ... ... Attended the first IIHF development camp in Vierumaki, Finland, representing the OWHA and Hockey Canada ... Selected to Canada's under-22 national team in 2006, but was unable to participate in the team's training camp due to injury ... Played softball, golf, soccer and volleyball in high school.

Personal
Hobbies include golf, reading and music.