Aliso Viejo native, California youth hockey alum Lee chooses NCAA D-III Fredonia State
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Waywayseecappo Wolverines announced recently that forward and Aliso Viejo native Gregg Lee has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Fredonia State University (SUNYAC).
With the commitment, Lee becomes the fifth and final graduating player from the Wolverines’ 2018-19 class to further his hockey career at the university or college level.
“The whole college process has been a lot of stress but now that it’s over, it feels great,” Lee said.
While there were a few factors that went into Lee’s final decision, when it came down to it, Fredonia was a clear choice. The town of Fredonia, N.Y., sits 45 minutes southwest of Buffalo on the edge of Lake Erie, close to where Lee has some family ties.
“I just liked how welcoming the program is, and the coach (Jeff Meredith) made me feel like I was a part of the program before I committed,” Lee said. “It’s nice that I have some family in Ontario near the Buffalo area. It’s nice to be close to some family that I don’t get to see too often.”
Lee said he’ll major in Business.
“I might double major in something else since I’ve got some classes out of the way,” said Lee. “I completed four college courses last season.”
In one season with the Wolverines, Lee broke through as a leader on the ice, scoring 14 goals and 14 assists in 55 games while adding a goal and an assist in four playoff games. His commitment to school off the ice also earned him the team’s award for Scholastic Player of the Year.
“The group of guys we had was special; we all got along well,” said Lee. “I’m just overall happy with the experience I got and the friendships I made. It was a great group of guys to spend my 20-year-old season with. It was a great experience for someone who came from Southern California to see the culture and what it’s like to live in small-town Manitoba.
“It is totally shocking at first, getting used to the winter and the cold. It’s hard to comprehend before you go and live somewhere like that and overall it wasn’t as hard of a transition as I thought it would be. When you’re going to the rink and hanging out with guys you love, playing the sport you love it doesn’t matter where you are.”
During his youth hockey career, Lee played for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks, California Wave and Orange County Hockey Club, in addition to the Capistrano United high school team. In addition to the Wolverines, Lee also played junior hockey with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Superior International Junior Hockey League’s Thief River Norskies.
— Waywayseecappo Wolverines Staff
(May 31, 2019)