When Mike Lee left the Fargo Force in favor of St. Cloud State University after the team’s inaugural season, it was reasonable for one to think he could be the first Force alumni to sign a professional contact. After all, the Phoenix Coyotes draft pick was coming off of a 26-15-4 with a 2.40 GAA and a .918 save percentage en route to winning the USHL Goaltender of the Year Award.
After missing much of this season with a lower body injury, conventional wisdom may have figured that Lee would stay at St. Cloud State to finish out his collegiate career. Instead, the Roseau, Minn. native signed a three-year entry-level contract with Phoenix on Thursday.
Lee’s college numbers fulfilled the promise that he first showed when he led the Roseau Rams to a Minnesota state championship during his sophomore year of high school. He went 39-29-9 with a 2.59 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
Lee also led St. Cloud State to its first and only NCAA tournament victory in 2010 with a 4-3 double overtime victory over Northern Michigan.
“It was an important stepping stone for St. Cloud State hockey,” Lee said between his freshman and sophomore season. “We hope to build on that first win in the near future.”
Lee, who is the first Fargo Force alumni to sign a pro contract was drafted by Phoenix 91st overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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