Peter Lee (ice hockey)

Peter John Lee (born January 2, 1956) is an English-born Canadian professional ice hockey manager and former professional ice hockey player. He played 431 National Hockey League games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lee has been serving as CEO of Eisbären Berlin of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga since 2005.

Peter Lee
Peter Lee 1979.jpg
Lee with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1979
Born (1956-01-02) January 2, 1956 (age 65)
Ellesmere, England, U.K.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Düsseldorfer EG
Eisbären Berlin
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1976
Montreal Canadiens
WHA Draft 21st overall, 1976
Toronto Toros
Playing career 1976–1997

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Ellesmere, England, United Kingdom, and raised in Arvida, Quebec. As a youth, he learned to skate on the outdoor surface of Arvida's Powell Park, and later played for that town's Pee-Wee Orioles minor ice hockey. He played in the 1967, 1968 and 1969 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with the Orioles.[1] The family moved to Ottawa in his mid-teen years.

Playing careerEdit

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.

Following the 1982–83 season, Lee left North America to play for Düsseldorfer EG of Germany. He scored 340 goals in 450 matches with the club before retiring in 1997.

He was inducted into the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.[2]

Coaching and managing 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.

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.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 12 1 0 1 0 18 2 5 7 11
1972–73 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 63 25 51 76 110 9 4 8 12 14
1973–74 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 69 38 42 80 40 7 2 1 3 0
1974–75 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 70 68 58 126 82 7 6 5 11 6
1975–76 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 66 81 80 161 59 11 7 11 18 15
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
1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 5 13 18 19
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 32 26 58 24 7 0 3 3 0
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 16 29 45 20 4 0 1 1 0
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 30 34 64 86 5 0 4 4 4
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 18 16 34 98 3 0 0 0 0
1982–83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 14 11 6 17 12
1982–83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 13 13 26 10
1983–84 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 46 25 24 49 56 4 5 1 6 7
1984–85 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 33 29 34 63 55 4 3 0 3 27
1985–86 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 32 40 34 74 38 9 7 15 22 20
1986–87 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 43 40 35 75 77
1987–88 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 34 31 31 62 24 10 4 5 9 18
1988–89 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 36 31 34 65 46 11 11 7 18 14
1989–90 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 20 17 18 35 18 11 8 8 16 10
1990–91 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 37 23 26 49 26 13 10 5 15 2
1991–92 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 44 24 20 44 24 9 4 6 10 6
1992–93 Düsseldorfer EG 1.GBun 44 29 26 55 28 11 4 6 10 6
1995–96 Eisbären Berlin DEL 21 7 6 13 36
1995–96 EHC Wolfsburg DEU II 16 14 11 25 61
1996–97 Eisbären Berlin DEL 50 14 13 27 42 8 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 431 114 131 245 257 19 0 8 8 4
1.GBun totals 369 289 282 571 392 82 56 53 109 110

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame Deutschland". Eishockeymuseum. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  3. ^ "Steckbrief Peter John Lee". Eisbären Berlin. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-02-01.[permanent dead link]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by CHL Player of the Year
1976
Succeeded by
Preceded by Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
1976
Succeeded by