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North Dakota hockey goalie changes name to honor mother, grandmother

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Zane Gothberg will now be known as Zane McIntyre.

The University of North Dakota starting goaltender legally changed his last name this week to honor his mother and his late grandmother.

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“My grandmother and my mother have been very influential in my life,” he said. “With the passing of my grandmother and my mother getting re-married, as well as my sister getting married, I’ve made the personal choice to carry on the family name on their honor.”

It’s not the first time that McIntyre has acknowledged the impact they’ve had on his life.

Since the death of his grandmother, Susan, in 2011, he has had a tribute to her painted on the back of his goalie helmet. The tribute has a picture of her with the words, “Love you Grandma Susie.”

Grandma Susie was Susan Gail McIntyre, the longtime chair of the occupational therapy department at UND. Zane has credited his grandmother with introducing him to the university and its hockey program. They regularly attended games while Zane played prep hockey in Thief River Falls.

“She had season tickets and would always take us to games,” he said. “I absolutely loved hockey and I loved Sioux hockey. I started at an early age. I would go to the games and play mini hockey in the aisles.

“She was pretty influential on my life. I thought (the helmet painting) would be a neat tribute to her. It’s an analogy as well — she’s got my back.”

Zane is following in her footsteps, majoring in occupational therapy, too.

His mother also has been very influential.

Last season, the Herald surveyed players on the team, asking them to name their childhood heroes. While many mentioned pro athletes, McIntyre said it was his mother, Kelly Jo Anderson.

“Just every day, seeing what she did, working three jobs, trying to help out our family,” he said. “That had a big influence on my life, just seeing what she’d do and how she helped us out.”

McIntyre, a sixth-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins, has developed into one of the best goaltenders in the nation.

Last season, he was a finalist for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s goalie of the year award, leading the league with a 1.99 goals-against average and ranking second with a .926 save percentage in league games.

He was at his best in the NCAA Midwest Regional championship game against Ferris State, stopping 44 of 45 shots to lead UND to a 2-1 double overtime victory and a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four. McIntyre stopped all 27 shots he saw in the third period and overtime as UND was outshot 27-9.

For his career, McIntyre has a .924 save percentage, the best in school history. This season, he’s expected to get the majority of the starts for a veteran UND team.

McIntyre already has his helmet design for this upcoming season. It once again has a tribute to Grandma Susie. Now, there will be a tribute on the back of his jersey as well.

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