LOWELL, Mass.—UMass Lowell hockey forward Andre Lee (Karlstad, Sweden) signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings Monday afternoon, as announced by the organization.
Lee was first drafted by the Kings as the 188th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL Draft. He was one of two UMass Lowell draft picks selected by the Kings alongside current sophomore defenseman Ben Meehan, who was selected in the 2020 draft.
“We are extremely proud of Andre as he begins his professional career with the Los Angeles Kings. Andre has improved significantly during his time at Lowell, and he has developed into an impactful offensive player,” commented Head Coach Norm Bazin. “Andre’s desire to be a player is strong, and he has always approached his days with a good mindset and terrific smile. We appreciate what Andre has contributed to our culture and wish him the best.”
An offensive catalyst for the River Hawks, Lee led the team in scoring for the second consecutive year with 28 points off a team-best 16 goals and 12 assists. The Swedish forward topped the UMass Lowell scoresheet with four game-winning goals this season and ranked first amongst all forwards with 27 blocked shots. For his efforts this season, Lee capped his year with Hockey East Third Team All-Star recognition. His playmaking ability also helped lead the River Hawks to TD Garden for the 2022 Hockey East Semifinals, as well as earn a bid to the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regionals in Loveland, Colo.
In his 87 games across three seasons as a River Hawk, Lee amassed 31 goals and 33 assists for 64 points.
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