Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (1996)
Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame (1998)
St. Francis Xavier University Sports Hall of Fame (1978)
Duncan MacIntyre, nicknamed Big Train, was a 6-foot-3, 210-pound left-winger who was a hockey legend in his native Cape Breton Island.
He won a Maritime intermediate championship as a juvenile player at age 17 before enrolling at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the greatest players in school history. In 1947-48, MacIntyre scored 47 goals with 54 assists in just 24 games. He was a co-winner of the Larkin Trophy as the school’s outstanding student-athlete and, in 1978, 39 years after he graduated, he was inducted into the university’s sports hall of fame for his contributions to both hockey and rugby.
While playing for the varsity squad, MacIntyre also skated for senior teams such as Glace Bay Miners and Antigonish Bulldogs.
In 1949-50, Big Train suited up for the hometown Sydney Millionaires, whose sweater he would wear for five seasons, scoring 129 goals. He helped the Millionaires claim Maritime titles in 1950 and ’51. He averaged about a point per game in his first three seasons with the money men, scoring 41 goals in 73 games in 1950-51.
MacIntyre was invited to tryouts with both the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings, but never played a game in the NHL, nor in the minor professional ranks. He remained on Cape Breton Island, where he had a good job selling cars.
In time, he purchased an automobile dealerships which was promoted with the memorable jingle, “We’re famous in every way at MacIntyre’s Chevrolet.”
He was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Cape Breton hall two years later. He was also named to the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame earlier this year.
He died at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, aged 88. He leaves six children, 21 grandchildren and a sister. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Augusta, known as Gussie, who died in 2005. He was also predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.