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Pool Quotes from Goaltender Zane McIntyre

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
ZANE MCINTYRE ON AGREEING TO TERMS WITH BOSTON BRUINS

On agreeing to terms with Boston…
Exciting. That’s the first word that comes to mind. Obviously it’s been a long time since I was drafted - five, six years since I was drafted by them, but my goal and everything when I was drafted was to play for them one day and it’s actually an exciting time in my life where I have a good opportunity here to come into the organization and really just dictate with my play what’s going to happen with myself and everything like that, so I couldn’t be happier with an Original Six team like Boston. It’s a really good feeling right now.

On how the process went in making the decision to leave school…
It was, to be honest, the most difficult thing I’ve had to do in my life so far. With deciding to come back to school or not, or try to pursue my dream and NHL career, it’s obviously - you know what, it’s a double-edged sword because it’s so awesome, but at the same time, it was super nerve-racking and difficult, but you know, I’ve really come to terms with where I am in life and I think this is the best fit for me here in Boston and obviously since the season ended - back in Boston actually, at the Frozen Four - it’s been an ongoing process of just weighing options and the two conflicts in that.

On the decision to not become a free agent…
It was still in the works. I know back with the CBA and everything, back when I was drafted, there’s all of those terms and stipulations, so from our body of work and everything with how I performed, I guess I was in a good position to make the decision to wait until free agency and then from there, sign with Boston, so it worked alright and you know what, I couldn’t be happier.

On the goaltending depth in Boston and what indication he’s been given for how he fits into that…
Obviously, if you look anywhere in the League, there’s going to be competition in any position and in any League, and you know what, if I look at my track record, I’ve had my fair share of competition too and really enjoyed it and really have grown and developed and I think that’s maybe one of the reasons why I’m here where I’m at is the amount of competition I’ve been through. And it’s no different here in Boston, where you’ve got Tuukka Rask, one of the best goalies in the NHL, and [Jeremy] Smith and [Malcolm] Subban as well, so it’s been great. It will be a great challenge, but something I’m really looking forward to, to really get in there and show what I’m worth and make some things happen. So nothing’s been indicated, by any means, with the positions 2-4 but at the same time, too, I think every player in the NHL knows that their play dictates where they’re going to be, so I’m just coming in and going to work my tail off and go from there.

On what area he’s seen the greatest improvement in his game and where he needs to make the most improvements moving forward…
I think first off, my areas, they’ve all kind of cleaned up. I think before, when I was in high school, the prospective of me was just kind of an athletic goalie who didn’t really have much technique I guess, kind of a raw project and I think all of the aspects in a lot of areas I’ve tried to clean up throughout my time in junior and college as well, with working with Karl Goehring here, he’s done a great job just clean up - whether it’s save selections, whether it’s movement, stuff like that and different techniques. But I think jumping to the next level will obviously be a step and I think I need to really work on my net play, just working on my pipes, with the reverse VH, the VH and the jam position as well. It’s three different techniques that have kind of come along over the past couple of years, so with that, I think if I can improve that and also battling through traffic and screens, I think that will be the two areas I will really try and target in trying to get better here.

On what his summer will entail now…
The summer’s a little busy, to be honest. I’ll be back here at school, just right down the road from my hometown, training and working out here, and actually skating with the team here and everything. But I will also be in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area working with a goalie coach down there and basically back and forth between the two areas.

On the goalie coach…
His name is Dave Rogalski. He was a volunteer assistant coach with St. Cloud State and he’s been a goalie coach of mine since my senior year of high school, so we’ve got a really good relationship and I see him as almost like a father figure, which is cool to go out there with him and get better at the same time.

On if he has plans to come to development camp and come to Boston at all…

Yep, yep. I’ll be at development camp. I know from talking with Don Sweeney, myself and a couple of the older guys who maybe signed contracts this past spring will be coming to camp and going from there.

On how he will approach training camp…
Coming to training camp will kind of set the tone for myself and for the organization, I guess, to be honest. I have to prove to myself and everyone there that I can play at the next level. You know what, it’s almost back to square one in terms of setting your foundation up, building good habits and going from there, and gaining momentum as you go throughout the year. So I think with coming into training camp, I just have to come in in shape and ready to play good hockey and go from there. So by no means, not a lot of pressure or anything, but just come in and do well and see what happens I guess, to be honest.

On surprising Shayla Miller in North Dakota by taking the high school senior to prom [she was born with Cerebral Palsy and other disorders, and who has defied the odds after doctors thought would never walk or talk], and how that interaction represents what’s important to him off the ice…
Yeah, I think it’s very important. I think it’s kind of the people up here as a whole, you get that Minnesota, North Dakota, there’s a lot of people in our small town communities that would sacrifice and do a lot of things, and then there’s some who, you know what, maybe have had setbacks in their life where it’s out of their control, so being in a little bit of a position of power here, playing for the University of North Dakota men’s team, I was able to do some pretty cool things that helped a lot of people, but at the same time too, helped me and really kind of brought me back to square one. I had a humbling experience obviously with Shayla, just enjoying the night with her at prom. It took me back to my glory years at Thief River, but at the same time, too, I was able to enjoy a great night with a great friend.
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