Sweden Teen, Tewksbury Star Commit to UML

October 4, 2018 GMT

LOWELL -- One grew up thousands of miles from the Tsongas Center, the other just down the street from UMass Lowell’s hockey rink.

Both have one thing in common: Andre Lee, who hails from Karlstad, Sweden, and Owen Fowler, a Tewksbury native, have verbally committed to play at UMass Lowell.

Lee, 18, may arrive on campus as early as next fall, while Fowler, 16, may not put on a River Hawk uniform until the 2021-22 season.

Fowler committed Tuesday. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound left wing is a sophomore at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield. He attended Central Catholic High School a year ago, collecting 21 points in 24 games on seven goals and 14 assists.

Connor Sodergren, a sophomore forward on this year’s UML team, also hails from Tewksbury.

Lee, a 6-foot-3, 187-pound forward, is playing in his first season in the U.S. with Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League.

He’s off to a fast start in the rugged league, scoring a goal in each of his first two games, including a goal with 1:05 left in regulation to force overtime against a stacked U.S. Under-18 Development Team.

Last season, playing for three Farjestad teams in Sweden, Lee netted 60 points in 46 games on 28 goals and 32 assists.

He’s listed as a ‘C’ prospect on the NHL Central Scouting watch list for the 2019 draft in Vancouver, meaning he’s a candidate to be drafted in the fourth, fifth or sixth round.

Speaking of the USHL, another UMass Lowell forward recruit, Matt Brown, leads the league in scoring. The Des Moines skater has netted three goals and four assists in only two games, including a three-goal, three-assist performance against Chicago.

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