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Former Hobey Finalist Facing Rape Charge

CHN Staff Report

Former Hobey Baker Award finalist David McKee is facing rape charges stemming from an incident in California three years ago.

McKee, who spent three years at Cornell before heading to the pros, pleaded not guilty on June 5 in Santa Ana, Calif., to charges of raping an intoxicated and unconscious woman in her California apartment.

McKee, 25, is free on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. July 10. If convicted, McKee could get up to eight years in prison.

McKee, a native of Irving, Texas, played almost every minute of every game in his three seasons at Cornell.  He was a Hobey finalist after his sophomore year in 2004-05, when he had a 1.24 goals against average, .947 save percentage, 10 shutouts, and led Cornell to the NCAA regional finals, where it lost in overtime to Minnesota. The following year, McKee had a 2.08 GAA and .910 save percentage, as Cornell again went to the regional finals, before losing an epic three overtime, 1-0 game to Wisconsin, which was on its way to a national title.

According to a press release on the Orange County District Attorney's Web site, on July 12, 2006, McKee and several other hockey players were staying at an Orange County hotel while attending a training camp for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks. McKee was with a group of male friends that went to Woody's Wharf in Newport Beach, where they met the 25-year-old victim.

After a night of drinking, a group — which included McKee and the victim — went to the victim's apartment in Newport Beach, the release said. According to the report, McKee is accused of entering the victim's bedroom and raping her while she was unconscious. The woman reportedly woke up during the sexual assault and immediately contacted the Newport Beach Police Department.

Prosecutors engaged in a lengthy investigation, according to reports, which accounts for the long period of time between the alleged incident and the indictment.

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