Peter Lee
Peter Lee
Position Right Wing
6 ft 00 in (1.83 m)
180 lb (82 kg)
Teams Berlin Polar Bears (DEL)
Wolfsburg EHC (DEL)
Dusseldorf EG (DEL)
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Baltimore Skipjacks (AHL)
Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL)
Nationality Canadian
Born January 2, 1956(1956-01-02),
Ellesmere, United Kingdom
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1976
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 21st overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Pro Career 1976 – 1997

Peter Lee (born January 2, 1956 in Ellesmere, England) is a retired professional player who played 431 National Hockey League games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing careerEdit

Lee enjoyed a stellar junior career with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League, where he became one of the few junior players to record more than 400 career points in the CHL. He was awarded CHL Player of the Year in 1975–76. Thirty three years since completing his junior hockey career, he held the OHL record with 213 career goals 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 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 Dusseldorfer EG of Germany. He scored at least 20 goals in each of 9 seasons with the club before retiring in 1997.

Coaching careerEdit

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.

Currently Peter Lee is the head coach for the very successful Eisbären Berlin in the DEL Bundasliga in Germany. "I went to Germany for a couple months (in 1983)," Lee said. "It's 2009 and I'm still here."

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72Ottawa 67'sOHA121010
1972–73Ottawa 67'sOHA63255176110
1973–74Ottawa 67'sOHA6938428040
1974–75Ottawa 67'sOMJHL70685812682
1975–76Ottawa 67'sOMJHL66818016159
1976–77Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL7633276088125386
1977–78Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL238111925
1977–78Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL605131819
1978–79Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL803226582470330
1979–80Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL741629452040110
1980–81Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL803034648650444
1981–82Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL741816349830000
1982–83Baltimore SkipjacksAHL141161712
1983–84Duesseldorf EG1.GBun4625244956
1984–85Duesseldorf EG1.GBun3329346355430327
1985–86Duesseldorf EG1.GBun4147499658
1986–87Duesseldorf EG1.GBun4340357567
1987–88Duesseldorf EG1.GBun4435367142
1988–89Duesseldorf EG1.GBun70685812682
1989–90Duesseldorf EG1.GBun201718351811881610
1990–91Duesseldorf EG1.GBun3723264926
1991–92Duesseldorf EG1.GBun4424204424
1992–93Duesseldorf EG1.GBun4429265528
1995–96EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly AdamsGer.11614112561
1995–96Berlin Polar BearsDEL21761336
1996–97Berlin Polar BearsDEL501414284250444
NHL totals 431 114 131 245 257 19 0 8 8 4

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Ed Staniowski
CHL Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Dale McCourt

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