If you’re a hockey fan, I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “a glove save and a beauty.” But, have you ever heard someone say “a behind-the-back save and a beauty?” I know it sounds crazy, but it recently happened. Thanks to YouTube you can watch the highlight over and over again. Check out the video below to see Drew MacIntyre pull off the most amazing (and probably the only) behind-the-back save you’ll ever see.
Drew MacIntyre is the goalie for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Marlies are the minor league affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. MacIntyre made this incredible behind-the-back save in a playoff game against the Rochester Americans on Saturday, and he probably couldn’t make the same stop again if he tried a thousand times.
With the game tied at three late in the second period, Johan Larsson fired a shot on goal. If it wasn’t for the quick reaction by Drew MacIntyre to fling his glove hand behind-his-back, Larsson would have easily made it a 4-3 game. Instead, MacIntyre (looking more like a magician than a hockey goalie) made the unbelievable save, and then guided the Toronto Marlies to a 6-3 win in game one of the series.
You’re probably wondering who in the world this Drew MacIntyre guy is. MacIntyre was a fourth round pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, but he’s spent most of his career in the minors. MacIntyre did have two brief stints in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks (2007-08) and the Buffalo Sabres (2011-12). The 29-year-old played a total of four games in the NHL and recorded a 2.29 goals against average. MacIntyre has played for three different teams (Prague Lev (KHL), Reading Royals (ECHL) and the Toronto Marlies) this season, but I guarantee this is the only behind-the-back save he’s made all year (or probably in his career).
Drew MacIntyre clearly hasn’t made a huge name for himself in the world of hockey (had you heard of him before this?), but people won’t forget him now. Being known as “the goalie who made the behind-the-back save” is better than not being remembered at all. I think MacIntyre’s stop is easily the save of the year, and I dare anyone to challenge me on that. Fire away!
What do you think of Drew MacIntyre’s behind-the-back save? Have you seen a better stop this season? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below (and link a video if you think there’s a better save this season) or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out All Around Tim for more on the world of sports, food and music!