Minnesota State Hockey Star Dryden McKay Banned 6 Months For Anti-Doping Violation

MANKATO, MN/USA - SEPTEMBER 1, 2019: Myers Field House on the campus Minnesota State University.

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Minnesota State hockey star goaltender Dryden McKay, who helped lead the Mavericks the to 2022 Frozen Four national championship game, has been given a six-month ban.

This week, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced McKay’s six-month ban after he tested positive for ostarine, which is a prohibited substance. McKay was being tested as an alternate for Team USA’s Olympic hockey roster, according to the Associated Press.

Minnesota State says McKay was eligible to play despite learning of the positive result on January 31. McKay played for the Mavericks until the national title game on April 9.

According to McKay, the positive test stems from a vitamin D3 immune booster he was taking to protect himself from COVID-19. McKay’s supplements were shipped to a lab after his positive test when he learned that ostarine was in the vitamin supplement.

The school said, “we continue to believe Dryden McKay is an impressive young man, with unquestionable character and integrity who was unequivocally committed to the standards of fairness that come with competing drug free.”

McKay ended the year as the Hobey Baker Award winner, which is awarded to the top player in men’s hockey.

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