FORMER ‘NUCKS GOALIE: DREW MACINTYRE

Crashingthegoalie doesn’t like to forget.

So we do profiles on ex-Canucks and where they are now – i.e. Jeff Cowan, jarko Ruutu, Matt Cooke, etc.

While he only appeared in a couple of Canucks’ games and one crashingthegoalie trivia question, Drew MacIntyre’s story is an interesting one.

KIRK PENTON, of the SUN MEDIA writes:

“You can bet Drew MacIntyre was in that group. Just when it looked like the year had finished making him its personal whipping boy, it played one last trick on him.

The former Manitoba Moose netminder, now with the Milwaukee Admirals, was called up by the parent Nashville Predators in early December, but he didn’t quite make it all the way up even though his first flight was on time.

“I got there in time to make my connector, but the stairs weren’t there for the plane,” MacIntyre said yesterday after the Admirals practised at MTS Centre. “So I basically watched my plane to Nashville just leave while I was waiting for stairs to arrive at my gate.”

It was that kind of year for the 25-year-old from Charlotte-town.

Actually, 2008 started well for MacIntyre. He appeared in the AHL all-star game, he got into a pair of games with Manitoba’s parent Vancouver Canucks, and he was named co-MVP of the Moose with Brad Moran.

However, two terrible regular-season starts in late March and early April, combined with the stellar play of backup Cory Schneider, led to MacIntyre being on the bench in the post-season.

Talk about your fall from grace.

MacIntyre became an unrestricted free agent in July and bolted Winnipeg like the place was on fire, signing with the Predators.

“I’m not going to lie: It sucked,” he said. “It sucked the way it finished. I loved my two years there, and I hated the way it finished. But that’s hockey.

“It was a great part of my life. My wife and I had a lot of fun here and met a lot of great people. There are definitely positive memories.”

There’s a chance tonight’s game … will pit MacIntyre against Schneider. That may sound juicy to you, but it doesn’t to MacIntyre.

That’s because MacIntyre let it get to him when he faced another of his former teams, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the first time as a member of the Moose. He allowed four goals on 33 shots and lost in a shootout.

“I made too big of a deal of it,” MacIntyre said. “So I live and learn. I’ve learned a lot of lessons.”

MacIntyre, who planned to have dinner at good friend Jason Jaffray’s house last night, has also learned that a new year can bring new promise. He has won 16 of his last 21 starts for the West Division-leading Admirals, who are tied with the Moose and the Griffins for the second-most points in the AHL.

Not only that, but his wife Karen gave birth to their first child, daughter Mullen Faith, last Thursday in Milwaukee after 60 hours of labour.

“It was an amazing experience,” he said. “It sucked watching her go through that, but I was just so proud of her. She did an amazing job.

“That’s what life is about right there.”

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THE GAME

MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (26-9-2-2) 2

MANITOBA MOOSE (26-13-0-2) 1

THREE STARS

1. Milwaukee G Drew MacIntyre — He made 26 saves, several of the superb variety, and therefore was enjoying the satisfaction of beating the team that benched him last season in favour of the second star.

2. Manitoba G Cory Schneider — The only goals he allowed on 22 shots were deflections. He also made a handful of stellar saves, but his 13-game AHL winning streak still came to an end.

3. Manitoba LW Jason Jaffray — The NHL returnee played like he was still in the big league. The only flaw in his game last night was his inability to bury the puck.

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