September 8, 1977|
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)|
14th overall, 1995|
Jay McKee (born September 8, 1977) is a Canadian former professional 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. He is currently the head coach of the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.
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.
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. In his second year in the league, McKee re-signed with the Real McCoys, expanding his role to become a player-coach.
|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|
|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|
|2013–14||Dundas Real McCoys||ACH||8||1||4||5||0||3||1||1||2||0|
|2014||Dundas Real McCoys||Allan Cup||4||0||0||0||4|
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- "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. Archived from the original on 2010-10-24.
- Oklobzija, Kevin (18 June 2012). "Jay McKee's contract won't be renewed by Amerks". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- Fitz-Gerald, Sean (16 March 2013). "After retiring from NHL, Jay McKee gets his hockey fix elsewhere". Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- "MCKEE JOINS REAL MCCOYS AS PLAYER COACH". 14 August 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
| Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick