Peter Lee (ice hockey)

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Peter Lee
Peter Lee 1979.jpg
Lee in 1979
Born (1956-01-02) January 2, 1956 (age 58)
Ellesmere, England, GBR
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Played for Berlin Polar Bears (DEL)
Wolfsburg EHC (DEL)
Düsseldorf EG (DEL)
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Baltimore Skipjacks (AHL)
Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL)
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1976
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 21st overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1976–1997

Peter John Lee (born January 2, 1956 in Ellesmere, England, United Kingdom and raised in Arvida, Qc. and Ottawa, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey coach and retired professional ice hockey player. He played 431 National Hockey League games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing career[edit]

Learning to skate on the outdoor surface of Arvida's Powell Park, he first attracted attention as a hockey player when suiting up for that town's Pee-Wee Orioles before the family moved to Ottawa in Lee's mid-teen years.

Lee enjoyed a stellar junior career with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he became one of the few junior players to record more than 400 career points. He was awarded CHL Player of the Year in 1975–76. He set the OHL career scoring record with 213 career goals—a record that lasted for 33 years, until March 8, 2009, when John Tavares scored his 214th to surpass Lee.

After setting a new league record with 81 goals in 1975–76, Lee was chosen in the first-round of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft (12th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens. Though he would spend two seasons with their farm team, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, Lee never played for the Canadiens. On November 29, 1977, Montreal traded Lee, along with Peter Mahovlich, to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for emerging star Pierre Larouche and the rights to forward Peter Marsh.

Lee was a fine offensive addition to the Pens and was a key playmaker on the powerplay. He reached the 30-goal mark twice and scored a personal best 64 points in 1980–81 playing on a line with Greg Malone and Rod Schutt. Unfortunately, the Penguins were not a successful team at that time, and Lee only played 19 playoff games during his five and a half years with the organization. He finished his NHL career with 245 points in 431 games.

Following the 1982–83 season, Lee left North America to play for Düsseldorfer EG of Germany. He scored at least 20 goals in 9 seasons with the club before retiring in 1997.

Coaching career[edit]

Lee replaced legendary coach Brian Kilrea behind the Ottawa 67's bench in 1994–95, but a dismal performance by the team prompted Kilrea to return and replace him for the 1995–96 campaign. He would return to Germany the following season and briefly resurrected his playing career.

Lee has also coached the Eisbären Berlin in the DEL Bundasliga in Germany.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Ottawa 67's OHA 12 1 0 1 0
1972–73 Ottawa 67's OHA 63 25 51 76 110
1973–74 Ottawa 67's OHA 69 38 42 80 40
1974–75 Ottawa 67's OHA 70 68 58 126 82
1975–76 Ottawa 67's OHA 66 81 80 161 59
1976–77 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 76 33 27 60 88 12 5 3 8 6
1977–78 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 23 8 11 19 25
1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 5 13 18 19
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 32 26 58 24 7 0 3 3 0
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 16 29 45 20 4 0 1 1 0
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 30 34 64 86 5 0 4 4 4
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 18 16 34 98 3 0 0 0 0
1982–83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 14 11 6 17 12
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 13 13 26 10
1983–84 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 46 25 24 49 56
1984–85 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 33 29 34 63 55 4 3 0 3 27
1985–86 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 41 47 49 96 58
1986–87 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 43 40 35 75 67
1987–88 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 44 35 36 71 42
1988–89 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 36 31 34 65 46 11 11 7 18 14
1989–90 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 20 17 18 35 18 11 8 8 16 10
1990–91 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 37 23 26 49 26
1991–92 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 44 24 20 44 24
1992–93 Duesseldorf EG 1.GBun 44 29 26 55 28
1995–96 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 21 7 6 13 36
1995–96 Wolfsburg EHC Ger.1 16 14 11 25 61
1996–97 Berlin Polar Bears DEL 50 14 14 28 42
NHL Totals 431 114 131 245 257 19 0 8 8 4

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Preceded by
Ed Staniowski
CHL Player of the Year
1976
Succeeded by
Dale McCourt
Preceded by
Pierre Mondou
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
1976
Succeeded by
Rod Schutt