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McKay wins Hobey Baker Award as top college player

Undrafted Minnesota State goalie can sign with any team after national championship game Saturday

by NHL.com
 April 8, 2022

Dryden McKay, a goalie from Minnesota State University, won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday.


The 24-year-old senior was voted the top men's player in NCAA ice hockey this season ahead of finalists Bobby Brink, a Philadelphia Flyers forward prospect from the University of Denver, and Ben Meyers, an undrafted forward from the University of Minnesota.


McKay, who was not selected in the NHL Draft, can sign with any team after the national championship game against Denver on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2).


"I want to thank my parents. Every step of the way, they've been there for me," McKay said. "My dad showing me a love for the game at an early age and making it pretty easy to become a goalie. My mom, there were a lot of long car rides, [and] it wasn't always easy for her before GPS. We had some interesting rides to the rinks at times but through it all, they were there for me. There were ups and there were downs, and they mean the world to me."


A top-three finalist for the second straight season after going 38-4-0 this season, McKay ranks second in the nation with a 1.27 goals-against average, is tied for third with a .934 save percentage and is tied for second with 10 shutouts in 42 games.  


The senior was named Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year. He was also a top-three finalist for the Mike Richter Award as top goalie in the nation, which was awarded to Devon Levi, a Buffalo Sabres prospect from Northeastern University.


McKay is the first player from Minnesota State to win the award. He is the third goalie to win the award and first since Ryan Miller (Michigan State) in 2001.


McKay has an NCAA-record 34 shutouts in his four college seasons and is second in wins with 112 behind Marty Turco of the University of Michigan (126). Miller held the previous record for shutouts (26). McKay is the only goalie in NCAA history with at least 10 shutouts in three consecutive seasons.


"I want to thank my teammates at Minnesota State. They're my best friends and it's been the best four years of my life and without them, I wouldn't be up here," McKay said.


"Minnesota State has become a second home for me, and it was the best decision I ever made. I want to thank all the coaches I had over the years and especially Brennan Poderzay, who was my goalie coach at Minnesota State my first two years, and I think he really showed me the way in college hockey.


"This is a humbling honor."


McKay's most recent shutout was a 23-save performance in a 1-0 victory against the University of Notre Dame in the Albany Regional Final to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four. He made 16 saves in a 5-1 victory against Minnesota in the Frozen Four semifinal round Thursday at TD Garden in Boston.


Brink, a 20-year-old junior, was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Forward of the Year and Player of the Year. He leads the NCAA in assists (43) and points (57) in 40 games with Denver.


Selected by the Flyers in the second round (No. 34) of the 2019 NHL Draft, Brink won the NCHC scoring title with 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in conference play, 10 more than any other player, and tying the single-season record in conference play. He ranks first in the country with a 1.42 points-per game average.



Meyers, a 23-year-old junior who was not selected in the NHL Draft, was co-captain for the Big Ten regular-season champions and scored 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 34 games.


He scored four points (two goals, two assists) in four games for the United States at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and had 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in eight games after returning from the Olympics, including six multipoint games.


In 102 games with Minnesota, Meyers has 95 points (39 goals, 56 assists).

Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield (University of Wisconsin) won the Hobey Baker Award last season.

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Dryden McKay, Hobey Baker Award winner as top NCAA men's hockey player, banned six months for an anti-doping rule violation

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Dryden McKay, the Minnesota State goaltender who won this year's Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player, has accepted a six-month ban from competition for an anti-doping rule violation, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.


The period of ineligibility began on April 14, which was the date he accepted the sanction. McKay played his final NCAA game for the Mavericks on April 9, losing 5-1 in the Frozen Four national championship game to Denver.


"This experience has been a very unexpected and difficult matter for me and my family," McKay said in a statement. "I am remaining optimistic and looking forward to beginning my pro career in the fall."


McKay told ESPN that he was notified on Feb. 1 that a urine sample collected on Jan. 23 returned a positive test for ostarine, a muscle growth drug that's not approved by the FDA and is considered a banned substance by the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy and the International Ice Hockey Federation Anti-Doping Regulations.


The amount was trillionths of a gram, which McKay said provided no direct performance benefit.


The 24-year-old goalie was being drug tested after having been named an alternate player for the 2022 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team for the Beijing Games. McKay's services ended up not being needed.


McKay suspected that the ostarine could have been sourced from one of the supplements he had been taking. He shipped them all to a lab for testing. He said ostarine was found in an allegedly "all-natural" Vitamin D3 immune booster he had been taking for 10 days during the COVID-19 omicron variant surge.


"During USADA's investigation into the circumstances of the case, USADA received results from a WADA-accredited laboratory that a supplement product McKay was using prior to sample collection, which did not list Ostarine on the Supplement Facts label, was contaminated with that substance at an amount consistent with the circumstances of ingestion and his positive test.


The Code provides the opportunity for a substantial reduction in the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility in this circumstance," said USADA in its ruling.

Because McKay was able to establish the source of the contamination, an arbitrator lifted his suspension on Feb. 3 until a final decision by USADA would be made. The NCAA and Minnesota State athletics were made aware of the situation.


The NCAA made its own ruling that McKay was eligible to complete his senior season with the Mavericks, leading them to the school's first Division I men's hockey Frozen Four championship game appearance.


"I knew (the ruling) was going to be after the season, just because of the timeline," McKay said.


In the process, he won the Hobey Baker Award, after setting NCAA records with 37 wins and 34 shutouts this season.


He then accepted the six-month suspension on the advice of his lawyer, Paul Greene.

"Typically the range (for a non-intentional ingestion) is somewhere between four-to-eight months or four-to-10 months, depending on the situation," Greene told Sportsnet. "They offered him six months, which is in-line with a lot of cases I've been involved with. He had a decision if he wanted to accept the six months or go forward to a hearing. We just decided it made the most sense to accept the six-month ban. Let the process start now that his season was over."


McKay had decided he would turn pro after this NCAA season. He wasn't selected in the NHL draft and is a free agent. He told ESPN during the Frozen Four that NHL teams haven't pursued him because he's only 5-foot-11, at a time when goalies who physically fill the net are preferable. The USADA ruling further complicates his timeline for a first pro season.


"I'm still trying to figure (my future) out, and hopefully soon," McKay said. "Oct. 11 is the next game I can play, and I can start practicing in August."

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McKay, Hobey Baker Award winner, signs AHL contract with Maple Leafs

Goalie ineligible to play this season because of anti-doping violation

NHL.com @NHLdotcom
 3:27 PM

Dryden McKay signed a two-year, American Hockey League contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.


The 24-year-old goalie is ineligible to play for the Maple Leafs or Toronto of the AHL this season. McKay accepted a six-month suspension for an anti-doping violation April 14. He will be eligible to enter the organization's facilities Aug. 25 and play next season.


McKay, who was undrafted, won the Hobey Baker Award voted as the top men's player in NCAA ice hockey this season. He was 38-5-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 43 games as a senior at Minnesota State.


He helped Minnesota State reach the NCAA championship game, a 5-1 loss to Denver.


McKay also was named Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year and was a top-three finalist for the Mike Richter Award as the top goalie in the NCAA that was awarded to Devon Levi, a Buffalo Sabres prospect from Northeastern University.


His 38 wins set a single-season NCAA record and his 34 shutouts in four seasons are the most in NCAA history. In four seasons at Minnesota State, McKay was 113-20-4 with a 1.46 GAA and .932 save percentage in 140 games.

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