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"He has betrayed our trust"
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November 11, 2003; 15:28
"He has betrayed our trust"
Ian McIntyre leaves Iserlohn Roosters to play in his native Quebec
Frank Johne

McIntyre scored 8 points in 13 DEL games

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Munich, Germany - Ian McIntyre, who returned to his native Canada in mid-October, announced that he was not willing to play for the Iserlohn Roosters again. The DEL club will take legal action against the 29-year-old forward, who is now playing for the Mission de Saint-Jean of the semi-professional QSPHL (Quebec Senior Professional Hockey League).

Back in Quebec: Ian McIntyre
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

The Roosters allowed McIntyre to return to Canada for personal reasons in mid-October. The Quebec-native had not returned any phone calls since and started to work out with the Mission, who signed him in late October. McIntyre has already appeared in 5 games for the Mission, recording 2 goals, 3 assists (9 penalty minutes).

"Finish career in Quebec"

"It has always been my goal to finish my career in Quebec," said McIntyre, who was born in Montreal. "I heard talk about the Mission in Europe. (Former Mission owner) Stéphane Brien initiated the contact. It's here where I wanted to come and play. I know many guys on this team."

Iserlohn’s coaching change might have played a role in McIntyre’s departure. He left less than two weeks after Doug Mason took head coaching reins.

McIntyre, who spent five years in the British Superleague with Cardiff and Londoin, was brought in this off-season by Dave Whistle. But Whistle, a three-time championship coach in Britain, got axed after starting his DEL rookie campaign with a 3-5-1 record.

”He betrayed our trust”

Meanwhile, Roosters GM Karsten Mende announced legal action against McIntyre, in order to prevent him from signing in any other IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation)-sanctioned pro league.

“Ian has betrayed our trust,” Mende stated in a press release. “He’s let his teammates down, and has lied to the club and thus to the fans, too. He will have to bear the consequences of this unacceptable behavior.”

The 6’1”, 192-lbs forward was 9th on the team in scoring, tallying 4 goals, 4 assists (36 penalty minutes) in 13 games with the Roosters.
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