2008-09: Patrick McNally skated for the Suffolk (NY) PAL in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League and scored 25 goals with 41 assists and 72 PMs in 52 games.
2009-10: McNally played for Milton Academy in Massachusetts. In 28 games, McNally scored 14 goals and added 21 assists for 35 points. McNally was named to the All New England First Team, and was voted Prep Defenseman of the Year by U.S. Hockey Report.
2010-11: McNally was a team captain at Milton Academy as the team won the New England Prep league championship.
2011-12: McNally burst onto the college scene as a freshman – scoring 6 goals with 22 assists in 34 games for Harvard. He was a finalist for the ECAC Rookie of the Year award. His 28 points were second only to Carolina prospect Danny Biega amongst Crimson defensemen. After scuffling to stay above .500 for much of the season, finishing third in ECAC Hockey, Harvard won five of its first six games in the ECAC tournament to advance to the championship game against Union.
2012-13: McNally played seven games for Harvard in his sophomore season before being suspended for the season as part of a university-wide academic scandal. Expected to be one of the leaders for the Crimson, he had 1 goal with 2 assists and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes. Harvard, after losing McNally and three other players due to the scandal, finished last in ECAC Hockey and lost to Dartmouth in a best-of-three preliminary series in the conference tournament. McNally was re-instated and will skate for Harvard in 2013-14.
An offensively gifted defenseman, McNally reads the ice well, and can move the puck with aplomb. He has a knack for finding an open teammate, and has good size, which he puts to good use while battling in the corners for pucks. Could become a future powerplay option.
In what has to be considered the most important year of his hockey career, McNally will be reinstated to Harvard University after an university-wide academic scandal. He has stated his desire to honor his commitment to his coaches there, and will suit up for the Crimson in the ECAC for the 2013-14 season. If he can pick up where he left off, his development as an offensive defenseman looks promising.