Notre Dame sophomore left wing Anders Lee announced on Tuesday that he would be returning to Notre Dame to continue his collegiate hockey career during the 2012-13 season.

“I look forward to returning to Notre Dame next season to work towards my degree while pursuing a championship on the ice with my teammates,” said Lee in a statement. “I plan to continue to develop all aspects of my game and hope to someday pursue a career in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders.”

The Islanders drafted Lee in the sixth round (152nd overall) in the 2009 NHL draft.

“I know that when we recruited Anders, he expressed how important getting a degree from Notre Dame was to him and his family,” Irish coach Jeff Jackson added. “I expected him to complete his junior year and to be one of our team leaders for the 2012-13 season.”

Lee, an alternate captain with the Irish this past season, has led the Irish in goals in each of the last two seasons, scoring 24 as a freshman and 17 this past year.

  • Mlaraby

    i think it would be a good thing for both him an the islanders for him to stay an work on his skills he is going to be a good player down the road this just a good young man with goalsĀ  an that is more impressive to me that he wants to stay in school good luck anders hope to see you in a islanders sweeter soon

  • Guest

    Great to hear about this decision! Wish more would do the math and make the same one.

  • Gene Pierce

    Wise decision Anders…..your education is something no one can take away from you….