Cornell | Sophomore
Statistics: 27-5-3, 1.24, .947
off David McKee’s goaltending statistics as a mere
product of Cornell’s attention to defensive excellence
is a disservice to the sophomore netminder from Irving,
Texas. Sure, it helps to have five players in front of you
focused on defensive zone coverage and puck possession.
But McKee earned all of the recognition that he’s
received this season.
He was recently announced as a Hobey Hat Trick finalist,
was the ECAC Hockey League Player of the Year and Ken Dryden
Award winner as the circuit’s best goaltender. McKee’s
gaudy numbers include 10 shutouts, a .947 save percentage
and a 1.24 goals-against average. The stat that is most
overlooked is his streak of 67 starts in net for the Big
Red. That’s every game in his two-year career, a testament
to his consistency and durability.
unfortunate that his record-setting season wasn’t
fully appreciated because so much skepticism centered on
McKee’s ability in relation to Cornell’s defense.
Night after night, he answered any doubters with big saves
at key times. On those rare occasions when Cornell’s
defense did break down, the sophomore goalie was there with
a pad or glove to keep the puck out of the net. He doesn’t
face as many shots as most other goalies, but when he’s
called on, he’s the best in the game.
Dov Grumet-Morris, Harvard