BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee will miss at least part of next week’s NHL draft because he is due in court to face a harassment allegation, his attorney said Tuesday.
Lee is charged with harassing a hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo during the NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine two weeks ago. In a text to The Associated Press, Paul Cambria said his client is expected to attend his next court appearance in Buffalo on June 22, the day the league holds the first round of its two-day draft in Dallas.
Lee is responsible for prospect development and overseeing the Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, Ontario. The Senators have the fourth and 22nd picks in the first round.
Lee has pleaded not guilty to making lewd comments and rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old male driver on May 30. He was charged with second-degree harassment and faces a fine and up to 15 days in jail if guilty.
Cambria said has had no discussions with prosecutors regarding a possible plea agreement. In an email to the AP, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has no position on whether Lee can attend the draft. Daly said that decision was up to the Senators.
The Senators have declined comment since saying on June 1 they were reviewing the situation.