Kessel takes sexy shot for Team USA

First things first when it comes to Phil Kessel.

Some of us may have overlooked the Maple Leafs forward during Toronto's first-round playoff series with the Bruins last spring.

Kessel scored four goals and added two assists during the series, which included two goals and an assist in Game 7. The Leafs eventually lost the series, but that was far from Kessel's fault. He had himself a very good series.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about Kessel's Team USA glamour shot? The speedy forward was among the 48 players invited to USA Hockey's orientation camp, which apparently included taking some head shots. Kessel's is extraordinarily awesome.

Kessel's mug made its way around the Internet on Tuesday, which prompted fans to turn out some fantastic parodies. See Kessel's original photo and fan variations below.

Phil Kessel, show us your "GRR!" face. #NailedIt

-- Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) August 27, 2013


-- Ray Shero (@Evil_Shero) August 27, 2013

Phil Kessel, hangin' in the Louvre. #MonaPhil

-- Dan Ryan (@bruinshockeynow) August 27, 2013

For @jocethetip : Phil Kessel, Harlequin's latest leading man

-- Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) August 27, 2013