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Prince George Spruce King following northwest passage to Alaska for college hockey

Chong Min Lee moving to Anchorage next season for NCAA career
Spruce Kings-Express-Lee 2019 playoffs road
Prince George Spruce Kings' Chong Min Lee (#19) looks for the pass during a 2019 playoff game in Coquitlam (via Damon James Photography)

Once Chong Min Lee’s time in the Prince George kingdom is over, he’ll head off on a quest to the ‘Last Frontier’ for collegiate hockey glory.

Yesterday (Nov. 7), the 20-year-old Spruce King committed to the NCAA’s University of Alaska-Anchorage and will suit up with the Seawolves for the 2020-21 season.

Lee will be one of two BCHL players moving to the ‘49th State’ next fall for division one hockey.

The South Korea-born product is currently second in team scoring with 22 points in 19 games, including eight goals and 14 assists.

“Chong Min continues to improve his on ice play every season through diligent work on and off the ice,” said Spruce Kings head coach Alex Evin in a team release.

“His work ethic, leadership, and skill is a pleasure to be around. As an organization, we are so proud of his opportunity at the next level and look forward to tracking his future success.”

Tonight (Nov. 8) will be Lee’s 130th game with Prince George, combining for 60 points, when they visit the Surrey Eagles at 7 p.m.

He is the longest-tenured player on the Spruce Kings’ roster, serving as an alternate captain in his third full BCHL season.

The Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves play in the 10-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) conference of the NCAA.

Its men’s hockey program has been in a rebuilding phase for quite some time, only recording 25 wins in 140 games over the last five years. 

The college has developed NHL players like Curtis Glencross, Nathan Lawson and current Vancouver Canucks forward Jay Beagle.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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