New York Islanders center Anders Lee loved his rookie season so much that he didn't wish to leave Long Island.
"I've been on the Island all summer," the 25-year-old Minnesota native told the team's website. "No doubt in my mind, this is where I wanted to be. This is where I’ve come to call my home and I couldn't be more excited about the next four years here."
The four years for which Lee is referring is the length of the contract extension he signed on June 30. A sixth-round pick of the 2009 draft, Lee finished second on the team in goals (25) and fourth among NHL rookies while adding 16 assists in 76 games last season.
While Lee has enjoyed golfing in the Hamptons and Billy Joel's final concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, he is expected to return to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to continue his training. Lee is also planning to attend a professional alumni camp at the University of Notre Dame before getting acclimated to another new home: Barclays Center.
"Everything is coming together right now," Lee said of the upcoming season. "We're still a month away, but I feel ready to go."
(h/t New York Islanders)