Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre

Sports columnist

Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.

He’s been body-slamming the competition ever since joining the Free Press in 1997. It’s been quite a journey so far.

Mike spent nearly two decades covering the justice beat for the paper, with a front-row seat to some of the worst society has to offer. Whether it was meeting with a grieving victim’s family or a criminal behind bars at Stony Mountain, Mike has always strived to hear every side of a story.

He also authored six books on cases he’s covered, and he produced and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show from 2003 to 2017 on the Corus network.

Mike left his life of crime behind in the summer of 2016 to pursue a new passion, joining the Free Press sports team at the paper and fulfilling a dream he’s had since the day he started writing.

He covered back-to-back championships for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 2016 and 2017, and is now focused on the Winnipeg Jets as one of the paper’s dedicated hockey writers.

Mike is a frequent public speaker and remains passionate about the great city of Winnipeg, where he was born and raised. He is a vocal advocate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College. He graduated from the program in 1995 and was honoured to receive their first-ever Alumni Award of Achievement in 2011.

Mike credits his wife Chassity for being his biggest supporter. He’s also a proud parent of two, a rescue dog owner and a community volunteer, including 10 years of coaching minor hockey in the city.

All told, Mike is enjoying a career he wouldn’t trade for anything – not even the wild life of a professional wrestler.

Recent articles of Mike McIntyre

Lambert excited to ‘get rolling again’

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Lambert excited to ‘get rolling again’

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

He’s one of the most intriguing prospects the Winnipeg Jets have ever had. While Brad Lambert may currently be out of sight for local fans, he remains very much on the mind.

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Yesterday at 7:00 PM CST

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Winnipeg Jets’ Brad Lambert (47) during training camp at BellMTS Iceplex Monday morning. 221003 - Monday, October 03, 2022.

Jones Manitoba’s greatest athlete

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Jones Manitoba’s greatest athlete

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

Jennifer Jones has already proven herself to be the greatest curler in Manitoba’s storied history. Her latest provincial championship last week only added to her lore, and the 48-year-old Winnipegger is now preparing to skip a team at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for an absurd 17th time in her decorated career.

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Monday, Feb. 6, 2023

John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files

Skip Jennifer Jones (second from left) is headed to her 17th Scotties Tournament of Hearts with teammates Emily Zacharias (left), Mackenzie Zacharias and Karlee Burgess (right).

Bye, bye Bettman and 11 other ways to improve the NHL

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Bye, bye Bettman and 11 other ways to improve the NHL

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

You can expect NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will do his very best on Saturday to downplay any problems happening under his watch as he speaks with media prior to the NHL All-Star game in sunny Florida.

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Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

After running the show since 1993, it's time NHL commissioner Gary Bettman finally retires. (Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press files)

Morrissey born to lead

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Morrissey born to lead

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

It was Josh Morrissey’s finest moment in what has been a magical NHL season so far.

With his Winnipeg Jets staring a fourth straight loss in the face heading into an extended break, the 27-year-old defenceman single-handedly changed the course of Monday’s meeting with the St. Louis Blues.

A dazzling individual effort, just 40 seconds after the visitors had extended their lead to 2-0 early in the third period, brought Winnipeg within a goal. It was what happened next that really stood out.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

FRED GREENSLADE / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Jets’ all-star defenceman Josh Morrissey brought the crowd to life with his scoring and all-around play in Monday’s victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Golden Jet put Winnipeg on global hockey map, but off-ice behaviour shocked fans

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Golden Jet put Winnipeg on global hockey map, but off-ice behaviour shocked fans

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Bobby Hull stood at tBobby Hull stood at the corner of Portage and Main way back on June 27, 1972 and forever changed the face of hockey around here. He signed the richest contract in the sport’s history at the time and put Winnipeg on the map, paving the way for the pro team we now know and love.

“I think Manitobans should ask themselves the question: Would there be an NHL team in Winnipeg today without Bobby being the rebel and the brave man jumping away from the NHL and being instrumental in starting a new league that eventually has led to the Winnipeg Jets of 2023?” the great Anders Hedberg said in a phone chat Monday afternoon from Sweden.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

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Former hockey super star Bobby Hull died Monday at the age of 84.

Jets go from bad to worse

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Jets go from bad to worse

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

The Winnipeg Jets followed up one of their worst outings of the year with an even uglier effort on Saturday night, falling 4-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Canada Life Centre.

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Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) is taken out of the game during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Winnipeg, Saturday, January 28, 2023.

Jets confident they’ll return to winning ways

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Jets confident they’ll return to winning ways

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Move it. Or lose it.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey, right, moves the puck as Los Angeles Kings center Blake Lizotte reaches for it during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Wheeler teeing it up at Manitoba Open

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Wheeler teeing it up at Manitoba Open

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

If things go the way Blake Wheeler is hoping, he won’t have a ton of time to work on his golf game this spring because his Winnipeg Jets would be in the middle of a lengthy Stanley Cup playoff run.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Blake Wheeler has been granted a sponsor’s exemption into the Manitoba Open in August. (Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press files)

Jets lethargic in 3-2 loss to Sabres

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Jets lethargic in 3-2 loss to Sabres

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

There have been bigger blowouts and more lopsided losses, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a weaker effort than the one the Winnipeg Jets put forward in front of 13,589 fans Thursday at Canada Life Centre.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

The Sabres outshot the Jets 36-21. (John Woods / The Canadian Press)

Pionk looking for consistency

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Pionk looking for consistency

Mike McIntyre 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

What’s going on with Neal Pionk?

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Jeffrey T. Barnes / The Associated Press files

Jets defenceman Neal Pionk (right) battles Buffalo Sabres centre Peyton Krebs. Pionk is lacking consistency in his game, but performing well offensively.

Tabin earns PHF all-star nod

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Tabin earns PHF all-star nod

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Move over, Josh Morrissey. You too, Connor Hellebuyck. There’s another professional hockey player from around these parts who’s officially an all-star.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

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Kati Tabin has 13 points in 14 games this season for the Toronto Six of the Premier Hockey Federation.

Bowness builds success on decency, respect and accountability

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Bowness builds success on decency, respect and accountability

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Experts tell us dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago, give or take. Unfortunately, we now have ample proof at least a handful are still kicking around and currently employed by NHL organizations.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

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The Vancouver Canucks handling of former head coach Bruce Boudreau is a text-book example of how not to treat people.

Jets need to get serious about landing hometown hero Toews

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Jets need to get serious about landing hometown hero Toews

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Jonathan Toews already has an honourary lake and community club here in his home province. Now it’s up to general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to find a way to get the three-time Stanley Cup champion’s name stitched on the back of a Winnipeg Jets jersey.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Jonathan Toews knows a thing or two about winning: his name is on the Stanley Cup three times. (Nam Y. Huh / The Associated Press files)

Jets stay alert longer, post ‘W’

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Jets stay alert longer, post ‘W’

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

Number 1 in the Central. Number 1 in the West. And, no doubt, number 1 in the hearts of many fans who are loving what they’re seeing these days.

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Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

FRED GREENSLADE / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Winnipeg Jets left wing Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with teammates during the second period.

D-man DeMelo among Jets playing better than ever under new coach

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D-man DeMelo among Jets playing better than ever under new coach

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023

PITTSBURGH — The brightest stars tend to get the most ink, and deservedly so. The likes of Connor Hellebuyck, Josh Morrissey, Mark Scheifele, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Connor and, now that he’s back from injury, Nikolaj Ehlers, are all dazzling on the ice.

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Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023

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Winnipeg Jets’ Dylan DeMelo (2) on the first day of training camp in 2022.

Perfetti’s three-point night paces Jets past Penguins 4-1

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Perfetti’s three-point night paces Jets past Penguins 4-1

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

PITTSBURGH — A sick performance by Cole Perfetti — and we mean that in the nicest possible way — helped lead the Winnipeg Jets to an impressive 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele returns to the bench in the second period after scoring his first of two goals in the Jets 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Friday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Coaches split on tech on benches

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Coaches split on tech on benches

Mike McIntyre 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

PITTSBURGH — It’s a battle between new school and old school. Technology versus tradition. And Winnipeg Jets coach Rick Bowness admits he has mixed feelings about the topic.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Steven Senne / The Associated Press files

Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella has imposed a ban on players looking at tablets during games.

Hellebuyck comes up big in 4-2 victory over Sabres

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Hellebuyck comes up big in 4-2 victory over Sabres

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

BUFFALO — Connor Hellebuyck followed up one of his toughest games of the seasons with one of his most tremendous. And, as he’s done so often in his career, carried the Winnipeg Jets to victory in the process.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves against the NHL’s highest-scoring team on Thursday. (Jeffrey T. Barnes / The Associated Press)

Comrie happy and healthy in Buffalo

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Comrie happy and healthy in Buffalo

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

BUFFALO — Some things never change, and so it wasn’t at all surprising that Eric Comrie was the last one off the ice on Thursday morning at KeyBank Center. Nor was the fact a huge smile was splashed across his face as a group of Winnipeg media greeted him at his locker room stall.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Comrie currently has a record of 4-8-0 with a 3.67 goals against average and .883 save percentage. (Chris O’Meara / The Associated Press files)

Jets GM hints at making big move as trade deadline looms

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Jets GM hints at making big move as trade deadline looms

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

BUFFALO — It was fitting a group of Winnipeg Jets players were engaged in what appeared to be a serious game of cards at their downtown Buffalo hotel Wednesday afternoon at the same time their general manager was meeting with the travelling media in an adjacent conference room.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

An aggressive approach by Jets' GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would likely be welcomed by his players and fans. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Jets skid out in Motor City

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Jets skid out in Motor City

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

DETROIT — Connor Hellebuyck’s latest homecoming was not a very happy one. A rare off night by the Michigan-born netminder — not to mention another slow start by the group in front of him — came back to bite the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

Former Winnipeg Jet Andrew Copp is chased by Pierre-Luc Dubois in the third period on Tuesday. (Paul Sancya / The Associated Press)

Copp yet to hit stride with Red Wings

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Copp yet to hit stride with Red Wings

Mike McIntyre 6 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

DETROIT — There’s still plenty of grass here in southwestern Michigan, despite being smack-dab in the middle of winter, but it hasn’t necessarily been greener for former Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp, who is still adjusting to life in his new hockey home.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

Jay LaPrete / The Associated Press files

Andrew Copp signed a long-term deal with the Detroit Red Wings in the off-season.

Nothing phoney about these Jets

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Nothing phoney about these Jets

Mike McIntyre 7 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

DETROIT — You can’t fake your way through half a hockey season. A few games, sure. Maybe even a few weeks. But not this long. And that’s why I’m comfortable declaring that the Winnipeg Jets, who will officially hit that midway mark here in Motown Tuesday, are very much the real deal.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness has the team off to its best start since the club relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. (John Woods / The Canadian Press)

Ehlers quickly finding his form

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Ehlers quickly finding his form

Mike McIntyre 4 minute read Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

Scoring his first goal of the season in Game No. 40 isn’t how Nikolaj Ehlers drew it up, of course. But nothing about the 2022-23 campaign has gone according to plan for the highly-skilled Winnipeg Jets winger.

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Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023

FRED GREENSLADE / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Winnipeg Jets’ Nikolaj Ehlers (27) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday January 8, 2023.