The university said Wednesday that Kessel has not fully recovered from a head injury she suffered playing for the U.S. women's national team. Kessel said the concussion caused her for the first time to fully understand "the importance of being 100 per cent healthy," and that's not the case now.
Kessel didn't play for the Gophers last season, either, while training for and playing in the Winter Olympics for Team USA. Minnesota was the national runner-up last season after winning two straight NCAA titles.
Kessel has one year of eligibility left. The 2013 Patty Kazmaier award winner has 97 goals and 134 assists in her college career.