August 26, 2009

Former Standout Goalie McKee Charged With Rape

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Four years after his record-breaking 2004-05 season for the men’s hockey team, former goalie David McKee has been charged with raping an unconscious, intoxicated woman in California in 2006. On June 5, McKee pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of rape of an unconscious person and one felony count of rape by intoxication. McKee, now free on $100,000 bail, is due back in court in Santa Ana, Calif., on July 10 for a pretrial hearing. If convicted, McKee faces a maximum of eight years in prison.
On July 12, 2006, McKee and a group of hockey players met for drinks at Woody’s Wharf in Newport Beach, Calif., according to a press release posted on the Orange County District Attorney’s website. It is alleged that the group, including McKee, met a 25-year old woman at Woody’s Wharf and went to her Newport Beach apartment after the bar closed. McKee is accused of entering the woman’s bedroom around 4:15 a.m. on July 13, 2006, and “raping her while she was unconscious and unable to resist due to her intoxication,” according to the press release. The woman woke up during the assault. After a lengthy investigation, McKee was indicted on May 11, 2009.
McKee, who left Cornell in 2006 after his junior season to sign a contract with the Anaheim Ducks, played almost every minute during his three years with the Red. In 2004-05, his sophomore season, McKee posted a .947 save percentage and a 1.24 goals-against average – the third- and fourth-best marks in college hockey history. He was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which recognizes college hockey’s best player. He was also named ECAC Player of the Year and Ivy League Player of the Year. That season, the team went 27-5-3 overall (18-2-2 ECAC) and defeated Harvard, 3-1, for the ECAC championship. It went on to beat Ohio State, 3-2, in the NCAA Regional Semifinals, but fell one win short of the Frozen Four, falling to Minnesota, 2-1.
McKee holds the Cornell and ECAC record for most career shutouts with 18. He also holds the school record for consecutive starts with 102.
McKee was on Anaheim’s roster in November 2006, but has never appeared in an NHL game.