Evan McIntyre, a ’00-born defenseman from Ontario, committed to the Merrimack men’s hockey program on Monday night, announcing his decision via Twitter. According to a well-placed source, Merrimack beat out two Hockey East schools for McIntyre, who was recently drafted by Cedar Rapids (USHL). In April, McIntyre committed to the Surrey Eagles (BCHL) for next season.
McIntyre has played the last two seasons with St. Andrew’s College, one of the top prep schools in Ontario. This past season he led all defensemen in scoring with 51 points in 49 games (13 goals, 38 assists), chipping in five points in four playoff games as well.
According to a press release on the Eagles website, McIntyre was born in Calgary, Alb. and grew up in Oakville, Ont., the same hometown as rising Merrimack sophomore Jackson Bales. He was drafted by the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL, but told the Eagles website that he was headed to the BCHL with the goal of earning an NCAA scholarship, because of the importance he places on education.
“I definitely want to go the school route,” McIntyre explained. “Our coach at St. Andrew’s, David Manning, really stresses academics first then hockey.”
“He’s a fantastic skater that sees the ice very well,” said Surrey GM Blaine Neufeld. “We feel that his game will translate to the BCHL very quickly. … He comes from a terrific program. His coach David Manning has done a terrific job, which is why St. Andrews is seen as one of the nation’s top programs.”