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Hobey Baker Award winner Dryden McKay signs 2-year deal with AHL's Toronto Marlies

Goalie was 113-20-4 with a 1.46 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and 34 shutouts in 140 career college games at Minnesota State Mankato

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Minnesota State defenseman Riese Zmolek (25) clears out a rebound after a save by MSU goalie Dryden McKay during an NCAA Division I Frozen Four national semifinal game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

TORONTO — Dryden McKay has made it official that his college career is over.

McKay, a 24-year-old goalie from Downers Grove, Ill., signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Monday. The Marlies are the top farm team for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Dryden McKay

In 2021-22, McKay won the Hobey Baker Award, was named the CCHA Goaltender of the Year and set NCAA Division I men's records for wins in a season and career shutouts after going 38-5-0 with a 1.31 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and 10 shutouts for Minnesota State University-Mankato. In his career, he was 113-20-4 with a 1.46 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and 34 shutouts in 140 career college games.

In a tweet, McKay thanked the Mavericks for his time in college.

"Thank you to everyone in Mankato for an incredible 4 years! Memories and relationships that will last a lifetime. I will always be proud to be a Maverick," he said.
On April 18, McKay accepted a six-month period of ineligibility for an anti-doping violation on April 14. He will be eligible to voluntarily enter the Marlies' facilities on Aug. 25 and play for the Marlies on Oct. 11.


McKay, a senior goaltender for the Mavericks, tested positive for ostarine (enobosarm) following a Jan. 23 testing during which he was one of four selected as alternates for the U.S. Olympic team.
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McKay helped the Mavericks reach the national championship game earlier this month and play in back-to-back Frozen Fours for the first time in program history. In his four seasons, Minnesota State won four straight conference titles, two conference tournament titles and reach three NCAA tournaments. In 2020, the Mavericks would have likely been a top regional season for the NCAA tournament, but the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.

McKay, an undrafted free agent, could have returned for a fifth college season because the NCAA granted another season of eligibility to players who competed during the 2020-21 season.

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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