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Zane McIntyre re-signs with Minnesota Wild

The former Thief River Falls and UND standout inked a one-year deal after a strong 2021-22 season.

UND's Paul LaDue and Zane McIntyre block a puck on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)
UND's Paul LaDue and Zane McIntyre block a puck on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Logan Werlinger / Grand Forks Herald
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ST. PAUL — When last hockey season started, Zane McIntyre did not have a contract.

He waited patiently to get a deal.

When it came, it was just an amateur tryout contract with the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League.

This summer is a bit different.

McIntyre, who starred at Thief River Falls and UND, has already signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild for the 2022-23 season.

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McIntyre will make $750,000 if he's in the NHL and $300,000 if he's in the AHL. Had McIntyre not signed, he would have become an unrestricted free agent at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

McIntyre earned his deal through excellent play last season. After three appearances with Tucson, the Wild signed him to an NHL deal and assigned him to their top minor-league affiliate in Iowa.

McIntyre posted a .920 save percentage during 37 appearances for the Iowa Wild. He also earned a call-up to the NHL, but never got in a game.

McIntyre last played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins during the 2016-17 season. Since then, he's mostly been in the AHL.

The 6-foot-2, 206-pound netminder won the Frank Brimsek Award as the top high school goaltender in the state of Minnesota in 2010.

McIntyre played two years of junior hockey with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League before coming to UND, where he developed into one of the country's best.

McIntyre led UND to back-to-back NCAA Frozen Fours as a sophomore and junior. He also won the Mike Richter Award as college hockey's best goalie in 2015.

After 2014-15, he signed with the Bruins.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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