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.