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Islanders’ Anders Lee speaks out for first time since injury

Islanders' Anders Lee speaks out for first time since injury

Footage posted to the Islanders’ official Twitter account showed captain Anders Lee, who has been recovering from ACL surgery since March, reading the starting lineup to the locker room before games this postseason.

Often using language we can’t publish here, Lee hyped up his teammates before they took the ice. He banged on the doorframe of the room, gave his teammates high fives and offered up encouraging words whenever he could.

Though, that didn’t make it any easier for Lee.

“It’s a really tough thing to have to kind of deal with in a year where we’ve been building for this thing for a long time,” Lee said Sunday in his first interview since his season-ending injury. “I think we had a group that we know what we were capable of. So getting hurt was pretty tough. But I think from the onset, I had a really good mindset of what I wanted to do, not only in terms of my rehab but just within the room.

“Being as involved as I could because you missed on being on the ice and the bench and in the room between periods. That’s where the battles are won and lost. You just want to be out there with the guys. Definitely had to take a different approach in the sense of accepting what had gone on and embracing this new challenge if trying to still be who I wanted to be throughout all of this.”

Anders Lee
Anders Lee
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Lee, who began skating with the team’s extras during the postseason, said he is on track to rejoin the Islanders at the start of training camp for next season. Noting that he was able to “do a lot of really good things” during his rehab, Lee alluded to being ahead of his initial recovery timeline.

The Isles’ captain since 2018, Lee scored eight goals and had eight assists in 35 regular-season games this season. Without Lee’s net-front presence, the Islanders’ power play and overall offensive game suffered throughout the postseason.

But more than anything, the Islanders missed Lee’s leadership and presence on the ice.

“He’s the leader of this group,” said Kyle Palmieri, who was brought in at this season’s trade deadline partially to fill the void left by Lee. “Each day he came in with a smile on his face and was emotionally part of this group even though physically he couldn’t be out there with us.

“As passionate as the Islanders fans have been throughout this time, he was up there with the number ones.”

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