BOSTON – Bruins rookie Phil Kessel, the fifth pick in this year’s NHL draft, is being treated for a medical issue unrelated to hockey and will miss Boston’s game at Montreal on Tuesday night.

The team-issued a statement from his family that he would receive treatment Monday.

No further details were released at the family’s request, team spokesman Matt Chmura said.

Kessel did not take part in Monday’s practice.

The speedy Kessel has five goals and four assists in 27 games.

He played one season at Minnesota before signing a multiyear contract with the Bruins in August.

The center led Minnesota and was sixth in the WCHA in scoring with 18 goals and 33 assists in 34 games.

He also was the career leader in goals for USA Hockey’s national development team.

The family’s statement said, “At this time there is no further update on Phil’s condition. When there is an update, and it is appropriate to do so, we will update everyone on Phil’s health.”

AP-ES-12-11-06 1552EST


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