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Mallards' McKee Named Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week

December 6, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

MOLINE, Ill. (December 6, 2011) -The Quad City Mallards' David McKee has been named Oakley Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Week, the Mallards today announced in conjunction with the CHL.

McKee, who turned 28 yesterday, stopped 58 of the 60 shots he faced while backstopping the Mallards to a two-game sweep of the Bucks in Laredo last weekend. The Irving, Texas, native last Friday kicked off what proved to be a triumphant return to his home state by turning aside 24 shots as the Mallards scored a 4-1 win in their first ever meeting with the Bucks. One night later McKee made a personal season high 34 saves in a 5-1 Quad City victory.

In the wake of last weekend's back-to-back wins, the 6' 1", 187-pound McKee improved his record to 4-7-0 this season. McKee has posted a 3.20 goals against average and a .896 save percentage in his first 11 games as a Mallard.

Now in his sixth professional season, McKee signed with the Mallards in July after going 7-6-3 with a 3.72 goals against average and a .891 save percentage in 18 games with the CHL's Odessa Jackalopes last year.

McKee first played in the CHL two seasons ago when he appeared in five games with the Allen Americans, for whom he went 2-3-0 while turning in a 3.95 goals against average and a .897 save percentage.

McKee spent most of his first three pro seasons in the ECHL, where he tended goal for the Augusta Lynx, Phoenix Roadrunners and Bakersfield Condors. McKee saw action in the American Hockey League with the Portland Pirates as a rookie in 2006-07 and with the Iowa Stars in the following season.

Before turning pro, McKee enjoyed three outstanding seasons at Cornell during which he was named a Hobey Baker award finalist, collected a host of other honors and posted a hugely impressive set of career collegiate numbers. He went 65-24-13 with a 1.71 goals against average, 18 shutouts and a .926 save percentage in 102 games with the Big Red. His sophomore season- 2004-05- was a banner year. In addition to his selection as a Hobey Baker finalist, McKee also earned All-America East, All-ECAC and All Ivy League First Team honors and was named ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Year and ECAC Goaltender of the Year. McKee set Cornell records for shutouts (10) and save percentage (.947) while going 27-5-3 with a 1.24 goals against average for the campaign.

The Mallards also announced today that forward John Snowden will return to the lineup for the Flock's game tonight against the Rapid City Rush after missing eight games, while forwards Sean Flanagan and Tyler Sheldrake have been placed on 10-day injured reserve. Flanagan has been moved to I.R. retroactive to November 23. A concussion has kept the rookie out of the Mallards' last four games. Sheldrake (wrist) has been placed on I.R. retroactive to last Saturday.

The Mallards' game this evening faces off at 7:05 p.m. at the i wireless Center. All Tuesday home games this season are "$2 Tuesdays" and feature $2 soft drinks and beer at i wireless Center concession stands.

Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home contests- including tonight's game- are now available. Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or tickets@myqcmallards.com for more information about tickets.

Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. Individual game tickets are available for $12 in the upper level and $17 in the lower level and $25 for the first row along the glass for adults. Tickets for kids 12 and under are available for $5 off adult rates. In addition, tickets are available to military personnel for $2 off the regular adult rate.

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