Steve MacIntyre, who spent most of the 2013-14 season with the Oklahoma City Barons, went out in a blaze of glory the night of April 19, 2014 with his cowboy hat raised to the rafters. On the last regular season home game fans were honored to watch him Captain the team that night, lead the team in their overtime shootout and also watch him raise his signature black cowboy hat at the end of the game, saying goodbye to a long career in professional hockey.
After sustaining a knee injury in an Edmonton Oilers preseason game vs the Dallas Stars on September 27th, 2013 (which by the way took place in OKC!) MacIntyre spent the next month and a half on the Oilers injured list until being transferred to OKC’s roster on November 22nd. At the end of the season, after playing only 11 games with OKC, he had made the decision to hang up his skates. However there’s actually a delightful ending in all of this since as of today it was announced that MacIntyre has unretired and signed with the Norfolk Admirals for the coming season.
Steve MacIntyre will forever hold my admiration for his time here in OKC. It wasn’t necessarily the 11 games he played, but rather his decent and gracious attitude. If these young prospects in OKC learned anything last season from their veteran elders on the team, I hope they at least learned how to be a generous human being from this man. MacIntyre more than made up for his lack of ice time by playing a huge role on this team, and his activities with the Barons Buddies project will always be a highlight of that season. The photographs alone of Steve MacIntyre and Denis Grebeshkov with their Barons Buddies will make you smile and break your heart.
Thank you Steve, and OKC wishes you all the best this season! And Norfolk, you’re getting one of the good guys — who just happens to wear a black hat.