The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey Leageu's Dallas Stars and the American Hockey League's Texas Stars.
Kessy spent time in both the AHL and ECHL during the 2017-18 season. The 25-year-old netted 31 points (13g-18a) in 52 games with the Tulsa Oilers. In 16 AHL games split between the Manitoba Moose and the Cleveland Monsters, Kessy had four points (1g-3a).
The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan native spent five seasons in the Western Hockey League where he tallied 60 points (16g-44a) to go along with 511 penalty minutes and a +26 rating in 253 games split between the Medicine Hat Tigers, Vancouver Giants and Kamloops Blazers. He was selected in the fourth round (111th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.