The 28 year old, 6'6" 265lb goon from Saskatchewan has bounced around the minor leagues forever. The most he's made in one season is $65,000. He came this close to quitting hockey altogether, but decided to give it one more try.
Now he's playing for his boyhood favorite team, earning over $65,000 every paycheck, and, as evidenced on Saturday night, making an impact.
From the Edmonton Sun:
Steve SmackIntyre, as he's quickly become known around town in the past few days, provided the inspiration for the perspiration which brought the Oilers back from down 2-0 to win 3-2 and create Edmonton's longest start-of-season NHL winning streak in 23 years.
But no doubt about it, Steve MacIntyre won a hockey game for the Edmonton Oilers last night and won his way into the hearts of a host of hockey fans.In just 2:31 of ice time MacIntyre made a great name for himself, all but insuring he'll likely continue earning a NHL pay check for the rest of the season, and possibly beyond.