Up to Sens if assistant GM Lee attends draft: NHL
Whether Senators assistant GM Randy Lee attends NHL draft will be up to team.
A report from The Associated Press stated the lawyer for Lee said his client would be unavailable to attend the first round of the draft, on June 22 in Dallas, because he was expected to make his next court appearance for harassment charges in Buffalo earlier that day.
That story was erroneous, as Lee’s next court appearance has been pushed off until July 6.
Whether Lee attends the twoday draft will be up to the Senators, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told AP in an email. Daly said the NHL had no position on that matter.
The Senators’ only statement on Lee’s situation was that they were reviewing it.
Lee is charged with harassing a hotel shuttle driver during the NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine two weeks ago in Buffalo.
Lee has entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of second-degree harassment, a non-criminal violation. It is alleged that he made lewd comments and rubbed the shoulders of a 19-year-old male on May 30.
If found guilty, Lee faces a maximum fine of US$250 and as much as 15 days in jail.
According to a story by Katie Strang of The Athletic, the shuttle driver has obtained an order of protection against Lee.
The order states Lee must stay 100 feet away from and refrain from coming within a one-block radius of The Westin Buffalo employee.
The order, dated June 1, also requires Lee to stay away from the home, school, business and place of employment of the young man, who still works at the hotel. Lee must also refrain from “communication or any other contact by mail, telephone, email, voice-mail or other electronic or any other means.”
Lee has been with the Senators’ organization for 24 years.