Up to Sens if as­sis­tant GM Lee at­tends draft: NHL

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - DON BREN­NAN

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.

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