Brian Lee (ice hockey, born 1987)

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Brian Lee
Brian Lee Senators Away.jpg
Born (1987-03-26) March 26, 1987 (age 30)
Moorhead, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  United States
NHL Draft 9th overall, 2005
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2007–2014

Brian Lee (born March 26, 1987) is an American former professional ice hockey player. Lee played in the National Hockey League with the Ottawa Senators, who drafted him in the first round, ninth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Playing career[edit]


Brian Lee grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota, and was a stand out player for the Moorhead High School Spuds hockey team. In 2004–05, Lee played junior hockey for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and had an outstanding season. For his season, he was selected Minnesota's Mr. Hockey as the number one player in Minnesota high school boys hockey in 2005. He was also named the Associated Press' Player of the Year for Minnesota prep boys hockey that year. That year, his senior year, he was one of the few high school players to play for Team USA in the World Junior Hockey Championships.


Lee chose to attend the University of North Dakota and played for the college team for two years. Lee would play for the US at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Ottawa Senators[edit]

In the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the Ottawa Senators drafted Lee in the first round, 9th overall. Lee made his professional hockey debut in the 2007–08 NHL season. Ottawa then assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, after training camp. Lee was named to the AHL All-Star Game roster in the 2007–08 season. Lee made his NHL regular season debut on March 25, 2008, against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena in a 6–3 win for Ottawa.[1]

Lee played in 6 games with Ottawa in 2007–08 and in 5 games in 2008–09 before being reassigned to Binghamton for development on October 22, 2008.[2] He was later recalled and finished the season with Ottawa, recording 13 points in 53 NHL games and assuming a more defensive role.

Following the training camp for the 2009–10 season, Lee was once again assigned to Binghamton, while AHL veteran Matt Carkner and newcomer Erik Karlsson remained with Ottawa. Lee's agent stated that Lee was "shocked and surprised that he's not among Ottawa's top-six defencemen."[3]

Tampa Bay Lightning[edit]

On February 27, 2012, Lee was traded by the Senators to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Matt Gilroy. In the following 2012–13 season, on May 17, 2013, while playing with the Syracuse Crunch during the American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinals against the Springfield Falcons, Lee suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament which required surgery,[4] and he opened the 2013–14 NHL season on Tampa Bay's long-term injured reserve list.[5] Lee was not re-signed by the Lightning at the end of his contract and became an unrestricted free agent.

On December 12, 2014, Lee announced his retirement from professional hockey. Lee had attended training camp with the Nashville Predators in early October, and said he felt good. However, he started having pain in his knee. This stemmed from the same knee injury that he had two corrective surgeries on. Lee stated that he is planning on studying nursing at North Dakota State and anesthesiology at the University of North Dakota. Lee played a total of 209 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. During that time he scored 5 goals, and 31 assists. Lee stated that he still wants to be around hockey and looks forward to being able to give back to the community.[6]

Personal information[edit]

Brian's brother, John, played NCAA Division I ice hockey with the University of Denver. John was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 5th round (131st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and currently plays for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Lincoln Stars USHL 12 0 3 3 4 4 2 3 5 2
2005–06 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 3 22 25 44
2006–07 University of North Dakota WCHA 38 2 24 26 69
2007–08 Binghamton Senators AHL 55 3 22 25 51
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 6 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 27 2 10 12 41
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 2 11 13 33
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 41 3 12 15 52
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 2 1 3 12
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 50 0 3 3 24
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 35 1 7 8 27
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 20 0 8 8 8
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 0 0 0 16
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 11 0 1 1 25 7 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 209 5 31 36 124 4 0 0 0 2


Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Mora
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WJC 4th 7 0 0 0 4
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 1 0 1 8
2007 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 0 0 0 14
Junior totals 21 1 0 1 26

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2005–06


  1. ^ "TSN Game Report". The Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Senators assign defenceman Brian Lee to AHL's Binghamton". 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  3. ^ Lee floored by demotion, Ottawa Sun, 30 September 2009. Retrieved October 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Brian Lee suffers torn ACL knee injury". 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Brian Lee player profile". 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  6. ^ Murphy, Chris (December 12, 2014). "Former Moorhead star Brian Lee announces retirement from NHL". InForum. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "John Lee player profile". 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tom Gorowsky
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
Succeeded by
David Fischer
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrej Meszaros
Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Nick Foligno