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The 1980’s just called – they want their hockey back

Howdy, folks.

So, it’s Wednesday evening as I sit down to write this, and I figured I’d throw the Battle of Alberta on in the background as my fingers pound the keyboard.

This should be a heck of a ser…


Oh, that was quick. Twenty-six seconds, in fact. Wow. That’s one way to get the home crowd going. Let’s see if Edmonton can weather the stor…


Andrew Mangiapane (right) celebrates his goal with Mikael Backlund during the first period. (Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press)

Oh my. Two shots. Two goals. 51 seconds. Not sure I’ve ever seen a team call a “let’s settle down and re-group” timeout before the game is even a minute old.

Time to see what the Oilers are m…


Ok, this is just getting silly now.

Battle? More like a beatdown.

For the record, I have Calgary winning this series, but I figured it was going to go the distance. At this rate, Calgary is going to wrap this up in two games. Or maybe two perio…


Well, that’s more like it. Connor McDavid had seen enough and decided to do something about it. 3-1 through a period.

Connor McDavid celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period. (Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press)

Maybe Edmonton will come out now in the middle frame and make a game out of thi…


Ummm, maybe not? 45 seconds into the second and it’s 4-1.







Seriously, the game isn’t even half over and there have already been eight goals. How can I type a newsletter when every time I put my head down for two seconds, someone else is finding the back of the ne…


Make that nine goals.


Ten goals.


Eleven goals.

Did we step into a time machine and end up back in the Smythe Division? Not that I’m complaining. This is entertaining as heck.

Albeit a wee bit distracting…



The first round of the playoffs started off as a bit of a dud, with plenty of one-sided blowouts. But is sure finished with a flourish, with five series going the distance — including a pair that required overtime.

I’m not trying to brag — oh, who am I kidding, I’m TOTALLY bragging — but I went a perfect 8-for-8 with my predictions.

(I warned you in this space a few weeks ago they were more like spoilers!)

So now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty, and this is how I see the second round shaping up.

Calgary, as mentioned above, in 7. (And give me the over on every single game, please and thanks!)

Colorado over St. Louis in 6.

Florida over Tampa Bay in 7.

Carolina over the New York Rangers in 6.

Can I keep the magic going? We’ll soon find out.



So I’m in the media room down at Canada Life Centre last week, after the Manitoba Moose had clawed back from a 2-0 series deficit (and 2-0 first period deficit in Game 3) to beat the Milwaukee Admirals.

In walks — more like limps — defenceman Leon Gawanke, whose final shift of the game involved two extremely painful shot blocks that had him struggling to get to the bench.

“That was fun,” Gawanke tells me a short time later, ice packs clearly visible on his legs, when I asked him about taking not one, but two, for the team.

“Leon, I think you and I have very different definitions of fun,” I tell the young German blue-liner.

Hockey players sure are built differently. Tough as nails.



Happy to report the McIntyre 2022 Golf Tour is officially underway.

It started a few weeks later than I would have liked — thanks, Mother Nature — but I got the first round under my belt this past Tuesday.

It was the first of several “media challenges,” with fellow scribes/broadcasters Ken Wiebe (Sportsnet), Sean Reynolds (Sportsnet) and Scott Billeck (Winnipeg Sun) joining for a lovely four-hour stroll at Maplewood.

It was my first-ever trip to the 18-hole track near St. Malo, which used to be known as Rat River. And it didn’t disappoint.

Maplewood Golf Club near St. Malo. (Mike McIntyre / Free Press)

Considering I hadn’t swung a club in nearly eight months, I was happy with my final score of 92. Rather surprised, actually. Not nearly as surprising was that Kenny “Aces” Wiebe — the only human I know to record two hole-in-ones in a single round — took home bragging rights, firing a scintillating 80 to leave the rest of us in his dust.

(Spoiler alert: He’s pretty good).

For yours truly, that makes one round down, at least 19 more to go to hit my personal goal this year.



It wasn’t very warm for our golf game, with a temperature barely into double-digits and light drizzle. So I didn’t exactly have a craving for refreshing ice cream the way I might have on a hot, humid afternoon.

That said, the next time I do, I think I’ll stick to a can’t miss favourite such as chocolate or vanilla and avoid this particular monstrosity, which is being offered at the upcoming Calgary Stampede.

Kraft Dinner soft serve will be on the menu at the Calgary Stampede. (Supplied)

Sure, there’s a small part of me that is curious about what this might taste like. But I much bigger part of my brain is shouting “danger, danger” and would likely have me taking a pass.

How about you?



Programming note, folks:

I’m about to embark on my first week of holidays in 2022, as my wife and I hit the road for a belated anniversary trip.

We’re headed back to one of our favourite cities, Las Vegas, this weekend.

We’ve got tickets to see the hilarious Sebastian Maniscalco perform his stand-up comedy routine, and we’ll also be taking in the opening night of a new Cirque du Soleil show called Mad Apple, which has a New York theme.

As a result, I’ll be taking a week off from this newsletter. And when I do return to your email inbox on Thursday, June 2, it’s going to be from a very special location, as part of a very special assignment I’ll be on.

I’m not going to spill the details just yet but I’m excited to tell you all about it — and then share with you the finished product in the pages of the Free Press.

Just like my favourite daytime soap opera, Days of Our Lives, I’m leaving you with a cliffhanger.

Stay tuned!

Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre, Sports columnist

Mike McIntyre


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