Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Report: Kings release journeyman Chris Lee from PTO

Germany Hockey Worlds

Calvin Pickard, left, bangs helmets with Chris Lee as Canada’s players celebrate at the end of the Ice Hockey World Championships semifinal match between Canada and Russia in the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany, Saturday, May 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


It would’ve made for an amazing story -- Chris Lee, playing his first NHL game, at the age of 37 after successfully making the L.A. Kings on a professional tryout.

However, according to John Hoven of, the Kings have released Lee from his PTO. The news comes just days before his 37th birthday next week.

Lee has built up quite a career as a journeyman blue liner, with stops in the AHL, ECHL and KHL.

He spent the last four seasons with Magnitogorsk Metallurg, racking up 65 points in 60 games last season. He was also named to Canada’s squad at the 2017 World Championships.

In May, news broke that Lee was leaving the KHL for a shot at playing in the NHL.