Former Notre Dame forward Anders Lee, who passed up his senior season with the Fighting Irish to sign a two-year contract with the New York Islanders on Monday, made his professional debut on Tuesday evening in a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets at Nassau Coliseum.Besides playing in his first NHL game and being part of his first NHL win, Lee also scored his first professional goal when he wristed a shot past Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec in the first period.
A native of Edina, Minn. and a 2009 Islanders draftee, Lee tallied 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points this past season with UND to lead the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in goals and points. He also led the Irish to the last-ever CCHA Championship with a 3-1 victory over Michigan at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit last month to claim the final Mason Cup.Lee, who prepped with Green Bay (USHL) before joining the Irish, played in his final collegiate game in UND’s 5-1 loss to St. Cloud State on Saturday in an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal in Toledo. In 125 career college games, he recorded 61-55—116 points.
The Islanders were 18-16-9 overall and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference following the win over Winnipeg, and will play at Washington on Thursday night.