Maple Leafs sign goalie Dryden McKay, reigning Hobey Baker winner, to two-year contract

Goaltender Dryden McKay, who won the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s finest gamer, has actually signed a two-year handle the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Shortly prior to the finalizing, McKay got a six-month restriction after evaluating favorable for a prohibited compound.

McKay’s six-month restriction started on April 14, which was the day that he accepted the penalty. The Minnesota State goaltender will be qualified to start training at the Marlies’ centers on Aug. 25 and can dress for the group as early of Oct. 11.

“Thank you to everyone in Mankato for an incredible 4 years! Memories and relationships that will last a lifetime,” McKay tweeted. “I will always be proud to be a Maverick. Excited for the next chapter with the Toronto Marlies!”

The 24-year-old netminder ended up being simply the 3rd goaltender in NCAA history to win the Hobey Baker Award. Robb Stauber in 1988 and Ryan Miller in 2001 are the other 2.

McKay just recently played his last college video game on April 9 when Minnesota State lost 5-1 to Denver in the Frozen Four nationwide title video game. During the 2021-22 season, McKay built up a 38-5-2 record to accompany a 1.31 goals-against-average and a .931 conserve portion. He likewise set an NCAA Division I record for the most wins in a single season.

According to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, McKay was notified of the prohibited compound offense on Feb. 1, which originated from a urine sample that was gathered on Jan. 23. That January sample netted a favorable test for ostarine, which is a muscle development drug that is on 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 quantity that was discovered in McKay’s sample was trillionths of a gram, which didn’t have any effect on the star goaltender’s efficiency. At the time of the drug test, McKay was being checked after being called as an alternate gamer for the 2022 United States guys’s Olympic hockey group for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

McKay specified that the existence of ostarine might’ve been from among the supplements that he was actively taking. Since the favorable test, McKay has actually sent out those supplements to a laboratory to be checked.

The Minnesota State netminder was at first suspended for the favorable drug test in January, however the restriction was raised on Feb. 3 by an arbitrator up until a decision might be made by the USADA. That permitted McKay to end up out the season and record 34 nothings for the Mavericks.

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