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Anders Lee enjoying his time as a member of the Fighting Irish

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Anders Lee had an outstanding freshman campaign with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, leading the team in goals (24), ranking second with 44 points, third with 20 assists, fourth with a plus-minus rating of +19 and tied for first with six power-play goals. Though, when he was asked about his performance, he credited his teammates and their chemistry as a group for his overall success.

“Things kind of just fell into place,” Lee said. “We worked real hard. When it came to the games, I got the bounces that I needed and (my numbers) kind of resulted from everyone’s hard work.”

Lee, who at 6’2” and 209 pounds, said he’s not afraid to go to the dirty areas to make things happen, which helped him put up points consistently. He scored an overtime goal against Merrimack College, which sent the Fighting Irish to the Frozen Four.

Islanders prospect Anders Lee skates at Nassau Coliseum for Islanders Mini-Camp on Friday, July 15, 2011.
“I was just coming around the net there and the defenseman cut up,” Lee said. “I made a swipe at his stick to try and get the puck, but I didn’t think it was going to go in. The next thing I knew, the puck was in the back of the net and we were on our way to the next round. I was pretty excited that I could help out our team.”

Unfortunately for Lee and his teammates, Notre Dame fell to Minnesota-Duluth in the semifinals.

“It was quite a trip,” he said. “Although, we have a little unfinished business there, Duluth deserves everything they earned. We have a good team coming in next year.”

The St. Paul, MN native is excited that most of his teammates will be returning and hopes that this coming season, the Fighting Irish will be able to take the NCAA title.

“We have a lot of good guys on our team,” Lee said. “We’re real close and going to make a run for it this year.”

While the former sixth round draft selection continues on the college path, Lee has his sights set high, but wants to take his career one step at a time and that starts with improving his game at the college level.

“The game is so fast at the college level,” Lee said. “I’m just trying to work on seeing the ice, moving the puck and making plays. I’m just trying to be as quick as possible.”
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