College men's hockey: Hibbing's Lee transferring from Northern Michigan to UMD

Former Hibbing/Chisholm forward defeated cancer when he was 14 years old


Hibbing native Jarrett Lee is transferring from Northern Michigan to Minnesota Duluth for the 2020-21 season, the 20-year-old sophomore forward announced Friday evening on Twitter.

Lee is a former Hibbing/Chisholm teammate of current Bulldogs junior defenseman Scott Perunovich, having last played together with the Blue Jackets when Perunovich was a junior and Lee was a sophomore in 2015-16.

Like Perunovich, Lee left high school a year early to play juniors. Lee spent a full season with the Minnesota Magicians in the North American Hockey League in 2017-18 before enrolling at Northern Michigan. He recorded two goals and three assists in 28 games as a freshman in 2018-19 before playing just 17 games with the Wildcats this season, registering a single assist. His last game with Northern was Jan. 3 at Bowling Green.

Lee is finishing out the 2019-20 season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League — which has suspended play until further notice due to the outbreak of COVID-19 — having scored eight goals and 18 assists in 19 games since joining the franchise on Jan. 9.


Lee, who due to NCAA transfer rules will not be eligible to play for the Bulldogs until the second half of 2020-21, is a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with Nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014 when he was in eighth grade. He’s been cancer-free for five-plus years now.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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