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Meet Steve MacIntyre

Macintyre The Panthers recalled Steve MacIntyre from Rochester on Wednesday, his NHL dream continuing.

Not bad for a guy whose career has taken him to some pretty obscure outposts.

You name the league, he's probably played in it over the past decade.

Sometimes persistence pays off. It has for MacIntyre.

''Last night, after our game in Hamilton, my coach told me I was going to Florida,'' the hulking, 6-foot-5 forward said before Wednesday's game against the Rangers.

''I said 'sweet.' I haven't made this team yet, so I have to go in there and do what I can. Hopefully I can stick around and be part of the club. But I can't say whether I'm coming or going or what I'm doing.''

MacIntyre played for the Panthers in the 2008 preseason, but was waived so he could go Rochester; instead, Edmonton, the team he grew up rooting for, claimed him. For a guy from a tiny town in Saskatchewan, the experience was huge.

Especially considering his NHL dream almost ended early as walked away from the game years earlier. While playing in the Double-A ECHL, MacIntyre was sent down to the Single-A United Hockey League. He started with the Quad City Mallards, then left for three months.

After doing some soul searching, he decided playing hockey wasn't too bad a profession, so he returned and finished the season with Quad City. He played the next season in the AHL, then after one year, made it to the bigs with the Oilers.

''I never really thought I would someday play for an NHL team,'' he said. ''I just figured I'd have fun with it and whatever happens happens. At the same time, I wanted to work hard and put myself in position to be in the best shape I could and do what's asked of me. I never thought I'd be playing in Florida, that's for sure.''

Because of space concerns -- and I don't feel like typing them all out -- all of MacIntyre's teams can't be listed here.

For instance, MacIntyre played for three teams in Canadian junior league. He also played in the Quebec Semi-Pro Hockey League, the Continental Elite Hockey League and the defunct WHL2 in Jacksonville.

The only league he didn't play for, it seems, is that roller hockey league from a few years back.

Hockeydb.com has all of MacIntyre's travels here.

During his career in the bus leagues, MacIntyre became a feared fighter. It's what teams picked up on, and is why he's with the Panthers. Florida seems tired of being pushed around, and a bruiser nicknamed 'SmackIntyre' can bring some of that to a halt.

''I didn't really like it at the start of my career because I thought I was just a big goon,'' he said. ''Now, I get paid to protect my teammates.-.-. they're part of your family. You kind of take it personal when someone screws around with your family.''

With MacIntyre recalled, the Panthers put defenseman/right winger Ville Koistinen on waivers. According to general manager Randy Sexton, Koistinen – signed to a two-year deal worth $2.4 million on July 1 – could be sent to Rochester if he clears waivers Thursday at noon as expected.

If Koistinen is sent to Rochester, the Panthers still have to pay him his NHL salary. Sexton wouldn't say what Florida's plans are for the under-utilized Koistinen.

''We have a plan of action, we'll just have to see,'' said Sexton. ''You want players contributing and he's had trouble getting into the lineup.''

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