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Jay McKee
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
199 lb (90 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
free agent
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 8 1977 (1977-09-08) (age 39),
Kingston, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1995
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 1996 – present

Jay McKee (born September 8, 1977) is an ice hockey defenceman who is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Rochester Americans. 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.

Playing careerEdit

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.[1]

On July 9, 2009, McKee signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.[2]

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.[3]

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

Career statistics Edit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 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 55 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
NHL totals 802 21 104 125 622 60 3 6 9 66

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blues cut ties with injury-marred McKee. ESPN (2009-06-30). Retrieved on 2009-07-06.
  2. Anderson, Shelly. "Penguins coming to terms with defenceman McKee", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 10, 2009. 
  3. "Unsigned D McKee joins Niagara as volunteer coach", GreenwichTime.com. 

External linksEdit

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


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