Hobey Hat Trick finalist McIntyre will not return for senior year with North Dakota

Zane McIntyre won the Mike Richter Award in 2015 and will soon start negotiations with the Boston Bruins (photo: Rachel Lewis).

North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre will turn pro after three seasons, his family advisor confirmed to the Grand Forks Herald on Tuesday.

McIntyre, a Boston Bruins draft pick and 2015 All-American, will soon start negotiations with the NHL club, according to the Herald.

His departure means UND will start next season with sophomore Cam Johnson, incoming freshman Matej Tomek and junior Matt Hrynkiw all battling for playing time in net.

McIntyre, who played more minutes than any goalie in the nation last season, won the Mike Richter Award and was a Hobey Hat Trick finalist. He posted a 29-10-3 record, 2.05 GAA and .929 save percentage with one shutout, leading UND to the NCAA Frozen Four for a second consecutive season. McIntyre was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional in Fargo.

Over the weekend, Boston’s backup goalie, Niklas Svedberg, left the team and signed to play next season in Russia. McIntyre and Malcolm Subban are expected to compete for that open spot and will likely be the goaltenders for the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League next year.

In other North Dakota news, the Herald also reported that Drake Caggiula will return for his senior season in Grand Forks.

7 COMMENTS

  1. UND fans — was this a surprise? I’d assume not since it appears there are three players ready to take his spot.

    Would seem like from a personal standpoint, he could only go down in terms of performances next.

    • I don’t think that it was particularly surprising. He didn’t have much left to prove in college, so I think that most people — despite obviously wanting to stay — understood that it was a likely outcome. Matej Tomek has shown plenty of potential as his replacement, which has put plenty of people at ease, I’m sure.

      • Tomek will be the next goalie up. Johnson and he will push each other which is always a good thing. Wish Zane the best.

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