DRYDEN MCKAY: Let’s Just Skip to the Part Where I’m Hoisting Up a Stanley Cup

by BLAKE PIESCHKE, CSU Public Relations Intern

Dryden McKay

Dryden McKay is the goaltender for the Minnesota State University Maverick Men’s Hockey team. The junior from Illinois is a Hobey Baker Award Finalist and a Richter Award Finalist this year. During the 2020-2021 season, McKay added to his list of accomplishments from his college career at Minnesota State University. McKay was named 2020-21 WCHA Player of the Year, 2020-21 WCHA Goaltender of the Year and 2020-21 All-WCHA First Team. McKay joins Tony Esposito as one of two players to have been a three-time WCHA Goaltending Champion. He currently ranks second on the NCAA career shutouts list with 23 and holds a 21-3-0 records for the year with 10 shutouts. The Mavericks will face St. Cloud State in the Frozen Four at 4 p.m. April 8 at Pittsburgh, where McKay looks to help lead the Men’s Hockey team to the championship.

  • What three words best describe you? Hard-working, humble and kind
  • What tops your list of pet peeves? People that chew with their mouth open
  • If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Lion, because it is the king of the jungle
  • What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? Committing to a different school besides Minnesota State University
  • Who is your all-time favorite sports star? Ken Dryden
  • What is your most prized possession? Rings from MacNaughton cups
  • What three items can always be found in your refrigerator? Eggs, yogurt and chicken
  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Read
  • What skill would you like to master? Being able to memorize everything
  • What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you? Being able to start as a freshman
  • What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Starbucks
  • If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have? Chef
  • Who inspires you to be better? My parents
  • What is something you will NEVER do again? Go back to the top of Willis Tower in Chicago since I am not a fan of heights
  • What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Go to a different country
  • If you could have a super power, what would it be? Teleportation in general and being able to time travel with it
  • If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?  Buy my parents a dream house
  • If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? The last day of the corona virus
  • If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring with you? A machete, a tarp and a nice outdoor pair of shoes
  • If you had to eat at a fast-food restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chick-Fil-A
  • Who is your celebrity crush? Margot Robbie
  • What fictional character would you like to meet? Michael Scofield from Prison Break
  • Best purchase you ever made? My car
  • What’s something that overwhelms you? Road trips
  • What are you most proud of? Being able to overcome adversity and how I handle it
  • What is one thing you want to accomplish or experience in your life? Winning the Stanley Cup
  • What is one thing that should be taught in school but isn’t? How to change a tire
  • What was your favorite activity as a child? Backyard sports
  • What is your go to song at the moment? Fast by Juice WRLD
  • How long do you think you would last in a zombie apocalypse? 6 months

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