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NAHL alum McKay wins Hobey Baker Award

April 11, 2022

Dryden McKay appeared in 71 career NAHL games over the course of two seasons (2014-16) with the Corpus Christi IceRays and Springfield Jr. Blues.

Minnesota State senior goaltender and NAHL alum Dryden McKay has been named the recipient of the 2022 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men's hockey.

McKay, a three-time All-American owns a 38-4-0 record with a .934 save percentage and a 1.27 goals against average for 2021-22.

McKay's 38 wins this year lead the nation and have established a NCAA DI men's hockey record for single-season victories. Minnesota's Robb Stauber (1987-88) and Michigan's Marty Turco (1995-96), with 34 wins, are the previous record-holders.

McKay has established a NCAA standard for career shutouts (he has 34) and a Minnesota State record for career wins (113, which stands second all-time in NCAA history). For his four-year college career, McKay stands 113-19-4 with a 1.45 GAA, and .932 Sv% in 139 games played.   McKay has been named CCHA Player of the Year, CCHA Goaltender of the Year and First Team All-CCHA in his senior season with Minnesota State.

McKay, who was also a finalist for the award last year, becomes Minnesota State's first Hobey Baker Award recipient. A native of Downers Grove, Ill., McKay has helped lead Minnesota State to this year's Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title, the CCHA postseason tournament title, the NCAA Albany Regional championship, and also a spot in Saturday night's national championship game.

He is the first goalie to win the Hobey Baker Award since Ryan Miller, who is also an NAHL grad, won it in 2001.

McKay appeared in 71 career NAHL games over the course of two seasons with the Corpus Christi IceRays and Springfield Jr. Blues.

During the 2014-15 he was honored with the NAHL’s Academic Achievement Award, while playing for the Springfield Jr. Blues. In 37 games played that season, McKay posted a 15-18-2 record with a 2.77 goals against average and .917 save percentage.

The next year with the Corpus Christi IceRays in 2015-16, McKay posted a 15-4-2 record in 34 games played with a 2.47 goals against average and .921 save percentage.

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