PENSACOLA, Fla – On Oct. 5, the CHL Brampton Beast acquired a 23rd player to their lineup; Pensacola’s star defenseman Mike MacIntyre. Macintyre had been a big part of the Ice Flyers success last year, but like so many players from the championship team he would not be returning. Fans were dismayed and social media was on fire with the news. We had lost our Mac!
Fast forward to Nov.7, when Macintyre posted that he had driven 15 hours straight to return to Pensacola. MacIntyre had been released from Brampton earlier in the week and would once again be suiting up with the Flyers. Like the pro that he is, he got right to work the next day against the Knoxville Ice Bears. When he walked into the Hangar the fans were ecstatic! You could hear people saying “There’s Mac!” and “Mac is back!” The looks on their faces was priceless. And with the dedication he’s known for, he took time to greet them.
“I got the call to attend Brampton’s training camp in August,” MacIntyre saie. “When I got the news I knew right away I was going to push myself and do whatever it took to make that team. They are affiliated with the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning and that was an even bigger rush for me because that made it one step closer to my dream. I was there for the first 10 games, and really felt a part of that team. Everyone there was great; the coaches, the staff, and the guys as well. But I couldn’t have asked for a better welcome back to Pensacola. The fans here are incredible and I thank them so much for everything they’ve done for me and the team.”
MacIntyre is a native of Lighthouse Cove, Ontario, a small community outside Windsor. A second year pro, he began his rookie season with the FHL’s Williamsport Outlaws. He played 16 games there with four assists, 14 penalty minutes and a plus seven. He became a part of the Ice Flyers in November 2012 and played 42 of the regular season games, where he put up 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists), 60 penalty minutes, and a +1. He also played in all 7 of the playoff games and had 9 penalty minutes along with a plus one.
“When I came back to the Hangar it was really something special to get that kind of reintroduction,” Macintyre said. Indeed it is something special to have him with us again this season. This tough but soft spoken and humble guy was kind enough to finish this interview on Thanksgiving Day. Brampton’s loss is our gain. It’s good to have the Mac Attack back!
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