Freshman Anders Lee (NYI) was one of the best and most exciting rookies coming out of the NCAA this season. He finishes an excellent freshman campaign having played in all 44 games for Notre Dame and posting 44 points (24 goals, 20 assists).
Hockey’s Future spoke with Lee on Thursday afternoon following Notre Dame’s 3-4 loss to Minnesota-Duluth in the first semi-final game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.
Hockey’s Future: Obviously it was a disappointing end to the season, but it was a great run for you guys leading up to this.
Anders Lee: Absolutely. It was a game that could’ve been won by either team, but we didn’t come out on top. I’m real proud of the fact that we put together a real good season and couldn’t be happier to have done it with the 26 other guys in our locker room.
HF: Despite the fact that the outcome didn’t go the team’s way, what are some of the positives that you can take from this season?
AL: I think it’s the closest team that I’ve ever been on. I’ve developed friendships here that I’ll have for the rest of my life. I’ll never forget that. We’re here (at the Frozen Four) because we all care so much about each other.
HF: Can you talk a little bit about the excellent season that you’ve had and what you’ve learned from both the coaches and the seniors?
AL: I’ve just been taking it step by step, working hard every day. It’s great to have teammates that support you and show you the ropes. It’s made it easy for me (to make the adjustment) coming in as a freshman. I’ve been fortunate to have great teammates and linemates all year long. I think I’ve benefitted from everyone’s hard work and that’s kind of how it all went.
HF: What are some of the things that Coach Jackson and his staff have taught you that has made you such a dominant player this year?
AL: I think just being in the right place at the right time. Some of it is instinctive, but at the same time, it’s a systems game at this level. That’s kind of how we run it here. We just play all out and have no regrets.
HF: Describe yourself as a player and what you’ll be able to bring to the Islanders organization once your collegiate career is done.
AL: I think I’m someone that go into the corners, win battles and make plays. If pucks are in front of the net, I can go in and score.
HF: I realize that it’s probably the furthest thing from your mind at the moment, but any chance you could sign with the Islanders if the offer is there this off-season?
AL: It’s not something that I’m thinking about right now. I love Notre Dame and my teammates and I’m just trying to develop my game.