McKee with the Pens in 2010.
September 8, 1977 |
Kingston, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 1995
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 briefly served as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans. McKee was born in Kingston, Ontario, but grew up in Loyalist, Ontario.
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. 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.
On July 9, 2009, McKee signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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.
On August 31, 2011, McKee was hired as an assistant coach of the Rochester Americans hockey team who is affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres. The Americans did not renew his contract at the end of the 2011-12 season.
|1994–95||Niagara Falls Thunder||OHL||26||3||13||16||60||6||2||3||5||10|
|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|
|2012–13||Dundas Real McCoys||ACH||4||0||1||1||2||10||0||7||7||5|
- "McKee signs four-year deal with Blues". Canoe.ca. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-06.[dead link]
- "Blues cut ties with injury-marred McKee". ESPN. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- Anderson, Shelly (July 10, 2009). "Penguins coming to terms with defenceman McKee". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "Unsigned D McKee joins Niagara as volunteer coach". GreenwichTime.com.
- Oklobzija, Kevin (18 June 2012). "Jay McKee’s contract won’t be renewed by Amerks". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- Nason, Jason (25 January 2013). "Dundas Real McCoys sign former Buffalo Sabre McKee". The Bay Observer. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick