Jay McKee

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Jay McKee

McKee with the Pens in 2010.
Born(1977-09-08) September 8, 1977 (age 35)
Kingston, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
free agent
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft14th overall, 1995
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career1996–present
 
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Jay McKee

McKee with the Pens in 2010.
Born(1977-09-08) September 8, 1977 (age 35)
Kingston, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
free agent
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft14th overall, 1995
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career1996–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.

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Playing career

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

Career statistics

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1993–94Sudbury WolvesOHL510115130000
1994–95Sudbury WolvesOHL39661291
1994–95Niagara Falls ThunderOHL263131660623510
1995–96Rochester AmericansAHL401115
1995–96Buffalo SabresNHL10112
1996–97Rochester AmericansAHL72574
1996–97Buffalo SabresNHL4319103530000
1997–98Rochester AmericansAHL1317811
1997–98Buffalo SabresNHL56113145510000
1998–99Buffalo SabresNHL72066752103324
1999–00Buffalo SabresNHL78512175010000
2000–01Buffalo SabresNHL74110117681016
2001–02Buffalo SabresNHL812111343
2002–03Buffalo SabresNHL5905549
2003–04Buffalo SabresNHL4323541
2005–06Buffalo SabresNHL7551116571723530
2006–07St. Louis BluesNHL2300012
2007–08St. Louis BluesNHL6627942
2008–09St. Louis BluesNHL691784440004
2009–10Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL6219105450002
NHL totals802211041256226036966

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