Charlotte Checkers goaltender Drew MacIntyre will represent Canada at the 2014 Spenlger Cup in Davos, Switzerland, the first such time he has played for the country.
MacIntyre is the first of two goaltenders to be announced for this tournament, as well as the first official AHLer to be loaned for the event. Last year, fomrer NHLer Chris Mason and AHL journeyman Allen York suited up for the team, with Rochester Americans starter Matt Hackett getting some ice time as well when injuries started to plague the Canadians. While it hasn’t been announced yet, Mason is believed to be one of the goalie options again this year, as well as former Pittsburgh Penguins puckstopper Sebastien Caron. Both goalies recently represented Canada at the Deutschland Cup in November, where the team was unable to secure a medal.
MacIntyre, 31, has posted a 7-9-1 record in 15 games with Charlotte this season. Additionally, he has yet to record a win in six career NHL games with Vancouver, Buffalo, Toronto and Carolina. He has found more success as an AHL goaltender instead, however, going 198-125-22 with a 2.45 goals-against average in 368 career games. He was previously named to the Canada Atlantic U17 team at the World Under-17 tournament back in 1999, but never saw any action with the team.
Earlier this week, it was announced that former NHL prospects Jeff Tambellini, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, and Joel Kwiatkowski would join Team Canada for the tournament. The rest of the roster is expected within days of the annual tournament, taking place in Davos, Switzerland from December 26th-31st. For more news on the tournament, click here.
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