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Blades Acquire McKay from Toledo for McIlmurray

Wednesday, November 3rd
Blades Acquire McKay from Toledo for McIlmurray

ESTERO, Fla. -- Florida Everblades General Manager Craig Brush along with Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Brad Ralph announced on Wednesday the acquisition of defensemen Chris McKay from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in exchange for forward Austin McIlmurray.

McKay, a native of Edmonton, Alta., appeared in one game for the Walleye in 2021-22 and did not record any points. Last season, in 32 games with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League, McKay picked up two assists. Before turning pro, McKay played four seasons at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he scored five goals and added 23 assists to go with 167 minutes in 123 career college games.

In three seasons with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, McKay appeared in 98 games, picking up eight goals, 30 assists and 204 penalty minutes.

McIlmurray appeared in two games for the Everblades this season. He did not register any points and was credited with four shots. The second-year pro out of Coral Springs, Fla. collected six goals, four assists and 12 penalty minutes in 22 games with Wichita of the ECHL in 2020-21. McIlmurray played four years of college hockey at Sacred Heart, tallying 45 goals, 41 assists and 86 penalty minutes in 137 games.Previously, McIlmurray registered 27 goals, 34 assists and 35 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2015-16.

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