Lee's untraditional chase of NHL dream

Updated: June 28, 2009, 11:41 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

MONTREAL -- It's not uncommon for a young hockey player's pursuit of a dream to take him far from home. It is less common for a young player's pursuit of such a dream to mean leaving a place where hockey is king.

But so it was for goaltender Mike Lee, the first American-born netminder taken in this year's NHL draft.

Standing in front of the Phoenix Coyotes' banner, being interviewed by reporters, there is more than a little irony in that Lee, taken with the 91st overall ...

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