Mike Lee (ice hockey)

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Mike Lee
Born (1990-10-05) October 5, 1990 (age 26)
Fargo, ND, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Former teams
Free Agent
Portland Pirates
NHL Draft 91st overall, 2009
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2012–present
Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Canada
World Junior A Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2008 Camrose

Michael Lee (born October 5, 1990) is an American ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently split time between the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL as a prospect in the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes system.[1] He was drafted in the third round (91st overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[2] Lee was born in Fargo, North Dakota, but grew up in Roseau, Minnesota.

Playing career[edit]

Prior to attending St. Cloud State, Lee was the goaltender for the Fargo Force of the USHL in 2008-9.[3][4][5] Despite being an expansion team, Lee led the Force to the USHL playoff finals.[5] As a high school goaltender, Lee helped the Roseau Rams to the Minnesota state hockey championship.[6][7]

Lee was the first American goalie selected in the 2009 draft.[3] He also played on the gold-medal winning USA team at the 2010 IIHF World Juniors.[4] Lee started for Team USA in the gold medal game, but was relieved by Jack Campbell in the second period.[8][9] When the Coyotes traded away backup goalie Devan Dubnyk, Lee was called up to be Mike Smith's new backup, putting Lee in the NHL for the first time. However, he was sent down in favor of Mike McKenna before entering a game.

Notable awards and honors[10][edit]

  • 2008-09 USHL All-Rookie team
  • 2008-09 USHL All-Star Team
  • 2008-09 USHL Goaltender of the Year[11][12]
  • 2010-11 NCAA All-Academic Team


  1. ^ Allenspach, K. (March 19, 2010). "Huskies put stock in rookie goaltender Lee". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, R. (August 25, 2009). "The Hot List: Productive Pete". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  3. ^ a b Burnside, S. (June 28, 2009). "Lee's untraditional chase of NHL dream". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b Ciskie, B. (February 9, 2010). "Hi, My Name Is ... Mike Lee". aolnews.com. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  5. ^ a b Kennedy, R. (April 28, 2009). "The Hot List: Attention Grabner". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ Kennedy, R. (December 6, 2007). "Year of the Ram: On St. Cloud nine". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Roseau adds to tradition, Lee, Oliver join former classmate Ness as pro picks". Grand Forks Herald. June 28, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  8. ^ Sekeres, M. (January 5, 2010). "U.S. wins junior gold in overtime thriller". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  9. ^ McKenzie, B. (January 6, 2011). "McKenzie: Blais' Tough Decision Changed the Momentum". tsn.ca. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Mike Lee". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  11. ^ "World Juniors Players to Watch". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  12. ^ "Fargo's Mile Lee Named USA Hockey's Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year". OurSports Central. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 

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