Peter Lee (ice hockey)
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Lee in 1979
January 2, 1956 |
Ellesmere, England, GBR
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|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
|WHA Draft||21st overall, 1976
Peter John Lee (born January 2, 1956) is a professional ice hockey manager and retired professional ice hockey player. He played 431 National Hockey League games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lee has been serving as CEO of German club Eisbären Berlin since 2005.
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 his mid-teen years.
He was recruited along with his brother David by the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He enjoyed a stellar junior career with the Ottawa 67's, 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.
Coaching and managing career
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 served as head coach of Eisbären Berlin from December 1997 until January 2000. He then was the manager of the club and got promoted to CEO in 2005. In 2008 and 2010 he received "Eishockey News DEL Manager of the Year" honors. During the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Lee served as an assistant coach of the Swiss National Team.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|1995–96||Berlin Polar Bears||DEL||21||7||6||13||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Berlin Polar Bears||DEL||50||14||14||28||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|CHL Player of the Year
|Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick