Former Mike Richter Award winner Zane McIntyre signs with Minnesota Wild
McIntyre, of Thief River Falls, is expected to start with Iowa in the AHL.
GRAND FORKS — Former UND goaltender Zane McIntyre has signed a two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild for the remainder of this season.
McIntyre had been playing with Tucson on an American Hockey League deal.
McIntyre is expected to be assigned to Minnesota's top minor-league affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Because he's on an NHL contract, he can be called up to the big club at any time.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound netminder was a late signing this season by Tucson. He played three games with the Roadrunners, posting a 2-1 record, a 2.73 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
McIntyre was an all-star in the AHL last season while playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the top minor-league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.
He last played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins during the 2016-17 season. He has served as a backup since then — for both Boston and Vancouver — but hasn't gotten any minutes.
McIntyre starred at both Thief River Falls and UND.
As a senior with Thief River Falls, he won the Frank Brimsek Award as the top boys high school goalie in Minnesota. As a junior at UND, he won the Mike Richter Award as top men's goalie in college hockey.
McIntyre backstopped UND to two-straight NCAA Frozen Fours.