Sens assistant GM to miss start of NHL draft due to court date

The assistant general manager of the Ottawa Senators will miss at least part of next week’s NHL draft because he is due in court on a harassment charge.

Randy Lee’s lawyer told The Associated Press on Tuesday he expects his client to be in court 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, Ont. 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 hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo on May 30 while attending the pre-draft scouting combine.

He was charged with second-degree harassment and faces a fine and up to 15 days in jail if found guilty.

The Senators have said Lee’s status within the organization “remains unchanged” as they review¬†the situation.