Ducks sign Cornell standout McKee to 2-year deal

Updated: April 1, 2006, 2:56 PM ET
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The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim signed Cornell goaltender David McKee to a two-year contract, the club announced Saturday.

Financial terms of the deal were not available.

"Over the past two seasons, David McKee has proven to be one of the premier players at the collegiate level," said Mighty Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke in a statement. "He is a great addition to the core of young talented players within our organization."

McKee, 22, played three seasons with Cornell University of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Hockey League, where he was a Hobey Baker Finalist and the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2005.

This season he earned a 22-9-4 record, helping the Big Red to the 2006 NCAA men's hockey tournament. Cornell fell to Wisconsin in the second round, despite McKee's career-high 59 saves in the 1-0 game.

McKee earned a career record of 65-24-13 at Cornell and never missed a start for Cornell in his 102 games at the school, shattering the former school record of 56 for consecutive starts by a goalie.

McKee's 18 career shutouts also set a Cornell mark, breaking the school record held by NHL Hall of Famer Ken Dryden and the ECACHL record held by Dryden and three others.

McKee helped Cornell win the ECACHL title in 2004-05, earning a 27-5-3 record.