Amanda Kessel not only American women's hockey player with NHL connection

Team USA's Amanda Kessel (centre) reacts with teammate Kendall Coyne after scoring on Switzerland's...

Team USA's Amanda Kessel (centre) reacts with teammate Kendall Coyne after scoring on Switzerland's goalie Florence Schelling during their women's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 10, 2014. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

Amanda Kessel, the sister of Team USA men’s star and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, isn’t the only member of the American women’s hockey team with NHL connections within her family.

USA forward Alexandra Carpenter is the daughter of Bobby Carpenter, the first American-born player selected in the first round of the NHL draft (third overall, 1981), who went on to play 18 seasons in the NHL, notching 320 goals and 728 points.

Alex Carpenter is ninth in scoring in the Olympic tournament with two goals and an assist. She was a member of the U.S. team that won gold at the 2013 world championship in Ottawa and was also on the U.S. under-18 squad that won gold in 2011 in Sweden.

She currently plays for Boston College and was named 2013 player of the year in the Hockey East Association, breaking the single-season scoring record with 25 goals and 23 assists in 21 games.

Her dad is now the development co-ordinator for the Maple Leafs.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Apparently, the North American media has been spelling Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin’s name all wrong. According to the official Russian information system at the Sochi Olympics, the English spelling of Kulemin’s name is actually Kulyomin. And, hey, the Russians should know. Then again, in Kulyomin’s bio, under “languages spoken’, English is included. So you never know.

NOT A BIG FAN

Sochi 2014 president and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko on Friday described the movie ‘Miracle’ — about the American team beating the Soviets at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics — as one of his top three “horror” movies, along with Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Chernyshenko, of course, is Russian.

FUN AND THEN GAMES

Russian media says 100,000 condoms have been distributed for use by athletes and volunteers during the Games.

About 13 were distributed to the media village so the guys could make water balloons.

ALEX THE GREAT

There is a Swiss bobsledder at the Sochi Olympics named Alex Baumann, no relation to the former Canadian Olympic swim great with the same name. Then again, maybe they are related. I didn’t actually ask.

COC DOES GOOD

Nice gesture by the Canadian Olympic Committee. Every member of the Canadian Olympic team received a Valentine note and Moose Teddy Bear in their room on Friday.

POOR PUTIN

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit to Canada House on Friday, where COC president Marcel Aubut made a speech. No word on whether or not Aubut had finished.

GOOD CANADIAN GALS

The three Canadian women’s ice hockey goalies fighting for the one job still managed to develop a special bond. To show their unity, Shannon Szabados, Charline Labonte and Genevieve Lacasse all wear a special design they created together on the backs of their helmets. The numbers one, two and three represent their jersey numbers in various combinations with a stylized triangle wrapping around it that represents balance and unity.

VALENTINE’S FOLLIES

“Maybe when I get back to the athletes village, I will find a chocolate heart from the cleaning lady.” — Snowboard cross competitor Hanno Douschan of Austria, who clearly hadn’t given up hope of finding romance on Valentine’s Day.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, she’s a babe.” — American Alex Deibold fellow snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who reportedly cancelled her account for smartphone dating app Tinder before her event because she found it “distracting.”

THIS DUDE IS RIGHT ON

“People inside racing don’t like combined because it is difficult. We have a lot of questionable sports in the Olympics today. We will have snowballing in the Olympics soon and we want to throw this away.” — Silver medallist Ivica Kostelic of Croatia on the possibility super combined will be dropped from the Games.

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