Bruins Prospect Goaltender McIntyre Eyes National Championship


Tomorrow, Boston Bruins prospect goaltender Zane McIntyre, and the rest of the seven-time national champion North Dakota Fighting Sioux take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the 2015 West Regionals of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Tournament from the Scheels Arena, in Fargo, North Dakota.

McIntyre, a native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota started his collegiate career in the 2012-13 season as the backup to Clarke Saunders. The Freshman appeared in 17 games that year, earning a 9-4-3 record, but showed very good future potential on being a starter with his impressive 2.46 goals, and .920 save percentage. With an intense summer training schedule, he worked hard on his game in preparation of taking a full grasp on the team’s starting goaltending position. In his sophomore he did just that with a 20-10-3 record, and increasingly better 1.99 goals-against and .926 save percentage in 33 games.

This, his Junior is by far his best in his collegiate career as he has back-boned the Sioux to an appearance in this years championship tourney with a record of 27-9-3, a 2.05, and .929 save percentage in 39 games this year. Depending on what the Bruins are going to do with current Providence Bruins goaltender Jeremy Smith (RFA), McIntyre could be American Hockey League ready either next season, or he can finish college, and then make the transition to the Bruins top minor hockey affiliate with an entry-level contract, which will be available whenever he chooses to sign.

The 22 year-old McIntyre was drafted by the Bruins in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and has tremendous agility with his hybrid style. At 6’-1”, 177 pounder, is good with the puck, and reaction time to see and evaluate a play, has made him a work-in-process, as the organization continues to create depth at the position. Has been known to have bad rebound control, but also has the “unorthodox” style to recover from mistakes. Very competitive while playing an aggressive game in the crease, with an uncanny ability to play big, to give no space for the shooters to see.