MacIntyre never slowed down as a kid. His family raised black Angus cows on a ranch in Brock, Saskatchewan, 350 miles north of Montana’s border with Canada. He said he won’t have problems finding ways to occupy his time after he retires.
“Growing up, I’d have a hockey stick in my hands in the winter time and a rope in my hands every summer,” MacIntyre said. “I’d roped anything. Cats. Dogs. Cows. My little sister. I once broke my brother’s wrist roping him.”
MacIntyre has experienced some success in competition off the ice. Last summer, MacIntyre and his partner finished third in team roping at a rodeo.
“I’m the header. I’m a terrible heeler,” MacIntyre said. “But it’s something I absolutely love to do. It’s my passion. It’s like golf. You can golf whether you’re young or old. It’s the same thing with roping.”
MacIntyre is uncertain about his future. His focus is to help the Barons reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
“Steve is a character guy, a guy who wants to play,” Nelson said. “It’s tough when he’s sitting out, but he always remains with a positive attitude. He brings a lot of life to practice and our locker room.”
MacIntyre said it’s flattering that teammates and coaches compliment him on providing a positive vibe despite often being a healthy scratch.
“It’s kind of cool when younger players come up and ask you questions,” MacIntyre said. “Because I’ve been there and done that I try to pass along the best advice I can.”
Regardless how his career plays out, he’ll never take his13 seasons in pro hockey for granted.
“A lot of people said I wouldn’t even been able to play junior hockey,” MacIntyre said. “Then a lot of people said I wouldn’t go pro. Once I turned pro, they said I wouldn’t make it very far, but I played 97 games in the NHL. I’d like to think I’ve proven people wrong.”