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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

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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.

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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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