Each year, Islanders forward Anders Lee hosts a Kan Jam tournament to raise money for pediatric cancer. A bunch of teammates and players from around the NHL show up to throw a frisbee all afternoon and interact with fans for a good cause. This year's goal is to raise $100,000 through the event, scheduled for Monday. Except, the Islanders' recent struggles on the ice have complicated matters — and Lee found himself caught in the crossfire Thursday. Fans fed up with general manager Garth Snow launched a GoFundMe this week calling for donations to "help us send a message and tell ownership that 'SNOW MUST GO,'" a message that would be plastered on a billboard near the Barclays Center. The refrain echoed around the arena Wednesday night during an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets, and the campaign reached its stated goal in less than an hour. The goal was then raised to $5,450 to cover the cost of a second billboard. Any additional money raised was to be pledged to Lee's charity, according to the page. But accepting such a donation, collected in an effort to fire his GM, would place the Islanders' 29-goal scorer in an precarious position, and Lee sidestepped the awkward situation by declining the donation — $530 in total — in a message to his Twitter followers.
Islanders' Lee defends GM following 'Snow must go' campaign
Sporting News | Feb 15