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San Francisco native, Paralympic standout Lee named USA Hockey Disabled Athlete of the Year


USA Hockey has announced that San Francisco native Jen Lee is the organization’s Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Lee backstopped Team USA to an unprecedented fourth straight Paralympic gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Winter Games and did not allow a single goal in Team USA’s four games in the tournament. Lee, who was 4-0 and the U.S. starter in all four contests, stopped all 33 shots he faced en route to gold in Beijing.

He boasted a 16-save performance in Team USA’s 5-0 victory over Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. Lee led the tournament with a flawless goals-against average (0.00) and save percentage (1.000), the only goaltender of the tournament to do so. His perfect performance in net ties former starting goaltender Steve Cash, who accomplished the same feat at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games.

Lee’s historic performance in Beijing is just one of many impressive achievements on his Team USA resume. At the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Lee skated in two contests, registering a 0.60 goals-against average to help the U.S. bring home the gold medal in PyeongChang, South Korea.

In his Paralympic debut in 2014, Lee saw action in two contests en route to gold in Sochi, Russia. In addition to his three Paralympic gold medals, Lee has helped the U.S. bring home gold in three world championships (2012, 2019, 2021).

During his Team USA tenure, Lee has seen action in 35 games and has recorded shutouts in 14 of them.

A former Sergeant in the United States Army, Lee has skated eight seasons (2011-14, 2017-22) with the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and has represented Team USA in three Paralympic Winter Games, four World Championships and six Para Hockey Cups.

Lee currently resides in San Antonio, Tex., where he is heavily involved in the crossfit community there.

Photo/USA Hockey

(June 6, 2022)

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