March 26, 1987|
Moorhead, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
|National team||United States|
9th overall, 2005|
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.
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.
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.
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. 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."
Tampa Bay Lightning
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, and he opened the 2013–14 NHL season on Tampa Bay's long-term injured reserve list. 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.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||University of North Dakota||WCHA||43||3||22||25||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of North Dakota||WCHA||38||2||24||26||69||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||20||0||8||8||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||22||0||0||0||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honors
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||2005–06|
- "TSN Game Report". The Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
- "Senators assign defenceman Brian Lee to AHL's Binghamton". Marketwire.com. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- Lee floored by demotion, Ottawa Sun, 30 September 2009. Retrieved October 7, 2009.
- "Brian Lee suffers torn ACL knee injury". rawcharge.com. 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- "Brian Lee player profile". rotoworld.com. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
- Murphy, Chris (December 12, 2014). "Former Moorhead star Brian Lee announces retirement from NHL". InForum. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- "John Lee player profile". eliteprospects.com. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Minnesota Mr. Hockey
| Ottawa Senators first round draft pick