The school said Kessel has "lingering concussion symptoms due to injuries sustained as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team."
Kessel did not play for Minnesota last season, choosing instead to train and compete with the United States National Team at the Sochi Olympics. She had three goals and three assists as the U.S. woman took home the silver medal.
Kessel played in 37 games as a junior in the 2012-13 season, leading the Gophers to a perfect 41-0 record and a national championship. She led the nation with 101 points and won the Patty Kazmaier Award as the nation's top female hockey player.
Without Kessel last season, the Gophers lost to Clarkson in the national championship game.
Kessel would have to apply for a medical redshirt to be granted a sixth year of eligibility.
- Dan Gartland