Jay McKee

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Not to be confused with Jay McGee.
Jay McKee
Jay McKee 2010-04-08.JPG
McKee with the Pens in 2010.
Born (1977-09-08) September 8, 1977 (age 37)
Kingston, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1995
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1996–2013

Jay McKee (born September 8, 1977) is a retired ice hockey defenceman. He last played for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League, and was previously with the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues. Throughout his career he has been noted among the NHL's best shot-blockers. He later served as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans. McKee was born in Kingston, Ontario, but grew up in Loyalist, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

McKee was drafted in the first round, 14th overall, of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. McKee played his junior hockey with the Niagara Falls Thunder, where he was an OHL second team all-star in 1996.

McKee parlayed his solid junior career into a steady pro career, becoming one of the Sabres top defenceman in his 9 years with the club. McKee played in 582 regular season games with the Sabres, amassing 98 points and 470 penalty minutes. During the 2005–06 NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres he served as an alternate captain under co-captains Danny Briere and Chris Drury.

McKee was part of the Sabres' Eastern Conference Championship run in 1999 (before losing to the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals). McKee was injured during the Sabres's two subsequent playoff runs. In 2001, he missed the team's final five games of the playoffs after a vicious collision with the Pittsburgh Penguins's Mario Lemieux during game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and in 2006 McKee missed the deciding seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Carolina Hurricanes when he was sidelined with a severe infection in his leg, reportedly caused by a cut or bruise that McKee sustained blocking a shot in an earlier round of the playoffs. All totaled, McKee appeared in 51 playoff games with the Sabres, recording 9 points and 60 penalty minutes.

On July 1, 2006, McKee signed with the St. Louis Blues for a four-year, $16 million contract.[1] His first season with the Blues, in 2006–07, was cut short due to various injuries including a knee injury, a broken finger, and two lower body injuries. On June 30, 2009, at the conclusion of the 2008–09 season, McKee became a free agent after he was bought out from the final year of his contract by the Blues.[2]

On July 9, 2009, McKee signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[3]

After going unsigned through the 2010 off-season, it was announced on October 14, 2010 that McKee would serve as a volunteer assistant coach for Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey, while not ruling out a return to the NHL.[4]

On August 31, 2011, McKee was hired as an assistant coach of the Rochester Americans hockey team who is affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres. [5]

McKee left the Rochester Americans to be able to spend more time at home with his family, and instead opted to join the Senior "AAA" Dundas Real McCoys of the Allan Cup Hockey league.[6] In his second year in the league, McKee re-signed with the Real McCoys, expanding his role to become a player-coach.[7]

On June 13, 2014, McKee with hired to be an assistant coach with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League [8]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Kingston Voyageurs MetJHL 1 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Mimico Monarchs MetJHL 39 7 9 16 67
1993–94 Sudbury Wolves OHL 51 0 1 1 51 3 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Sudbury Wolves OHL 39 6 6 12 91
1994–95 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 26 3 13 16 60 6 2 3 5 10
1995–96 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 64 5 41 46 129 10 1 5 6 16
1995–96 Rochester Americans AHL 4 0 1 1 15
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 1 1 2
1996–97 Rochester Americans AHL 7 2 5 7 4
1996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 43 1 9 10 35 3 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Rochester Americans AHL 13 1 7 8 11
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 1 13 14 42 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 0 6 6 75 21 0 3 3 24
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 5 12 17 50 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 1 10 11 76 8 1 0 1 6
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 2 11 13 43
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 0 5 5 49
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 43 2 3 5 41
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 5 11 16 57 17 2 3 5 30
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 23 0 0 0 12
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 66 2 7 9 42
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 1 7 8 44 4 0 0 0 4
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 1 9 10 54 5 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Dundas Real McCoys ACH 4 0 1 1 2 10 0 7 7 5
2013–14 Dundas Real McCoys ACH 8 1 4 5 0 3 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 802 21 104 125 622 60 3 6 9 66

Tournament statistics[edit]

       
Year Team Tournament GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Dundas Real McCoys Allan Cup 4 0 0 0 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McKee signs four-year deal with Blues". Canoe.ca. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Blues cut ties with injury-marred McKee". ESPN. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Shelly (July 10, 2009). "Penguins coming to terms with defenceman McKee". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  4. ^ "Unsigned D McKee joins Niagara as volunteer coach". GreenwichTime.com. 
  5. ^ Oklobzija, Kevin (18 June 2012). "Jay McKee’s contract won’t be renewed by Amerks". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (16 March 2013). "After retiring from NHL, Jay McKee gets his hockey fix elsewhere". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "MCKEE JOINS REAL MCCOYS AS PLAYER COACH". 14 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.ottershockey.com/article/erie-adds-jay-mckee-as-assistant-coach

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Preceded by
Wayne Primeau
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1995
Succeeded by
Martin Biron