Zane McIntyre got the call when the Providence Bruins were eliminated from the American Hockey League playoffs.
The big club, the Boston Bruins, wanted a third-string goalie on hand for Boston's Stanley Cup Playoff run.
So, the Thief River Falls, Minn., product, who won the Frank Brimsek Award as the best prep goalie in Minnesota and won the Mike Richter Award as the best goalie in college hockey at UND, packed his bags in Providence and moved into a Boston hotel.
For the past couple of months, he's been along for the ride as the Bruins have marched toward the Stanley Cup.
Boston takes on St. Louis in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday in Boston. The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.
McIntyre knows he won't be playing unless Boston's first two goalies -- starter Tuukka Rask and backup Jaroslav Halak -- suffer freak injuries, but he's been enjoying the experience nonetheless.
"It's definitely exciting," said McIntyre, who dressed in one game for the Bruins this season. "The team is playing well. I think Tuukks is playing the best hockey he's ever played. He's absolutely lights out right now. It's fun to see that first-hand. Away from the rink, it has been a little crazy as far as moving out of Providence and into a hotel -- all the stuff that comes with being a pro hockey player -- but on the ice has been something pretty incredible."
McIntyre, and others in his position, are known as the Black Aces. They're with the team but unlikely to play. They practice and skate daily, then watch the games from the press box.
McIntyre said that Boston's leaders have been good with the Black Aces.
"Bergy (Patrice Bergeron) and Big Z (Zdeno Chara) brought us Black Aces in and sat us down, gave us the expectations and welcomed us with open arms," McIntyre said. "It was great. We feel like we're a part of this really big moment in their careers."
This summer will be an interesting one for McIntyre. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Malone re-signs with the Oilers
Former UND center Brad Malone has re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers.
Malone inked a one-year deal worth $700,000. It is a one-way contract, which means Malone will get paid the same whether he's in the NHL or AHL. It also means the Oilers, who will be coached by former UND forward Dave Tippett, think he'll be in the NHL.
Malone played 16 games with the Oilers last season. His next NHL game will be No. 200.
A total of 10 players from the MacNaughton Cup- and Broadmoor Trophy-winning 2010-11 team have played in the NHL. Malone has worked his way up to third among those players in regular-season games played.
Regular-season NHL games by the 2010-11 team (through the 2018-19 season)
480 -- Brock Nelson (New York Islanders)
255 -- Derek Forbort (Los Angeles Kings)
199 -- Brad Malone (Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers)
161 -- Corban Knight (Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers)
135 -- Matt Frattin (Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets)
133 -- Carter Rowney (Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks)
74 -- Aaron Dell (San Jose Sharks)
12 -- Andrew MacWilliam (Toronto Maple Leafs)
3 -- Dillon Simpson (Edmonton Oilers)
1 -- Chay Genoway (Minnesota Wild)
Toews said what?
Former UND standout and Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was the subject of a humorous tweet by the NHLPA because of a quote he said after winning the Stanley Cup.
Toews, and other NHL stars, were asked who said the quote.
They were quite surprised to learn the answer.
Sanderson hired at Alumni Association
Former UND forward Coltyn Sanderson, a senior on the 2016 NCAA national championship team, will be working with the UND Alumni Association.
His title is Associate Athletic Director, Athletics Major Gifts.
Sanderson, who came to UND from Moose Jaw, Sask., will be tasked with enhancing and supporting the department's fundraising efforts.
The Alumni Association has former football, men's basketball and women's basketball players in fundraising roles. Sanderson will give the department someone with a hockey background, too.
Locals shine at Force camp
The Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League held its tryout camp over the weekend and early this week.
Some of the local players shined.
Grand Forks Central forward Lucas Kanta and defenseman Tucker Hodgson both made the camp's all-star game. So did Grant Slukynsky of Warroad and Cade Stibbe of Fargo Davies. Stibbe (Arizona State) is the only committed player of those four.
Kanta was a senior last season. Hodgson, Slukynsky and Stibbe were juniors.
Fargo has not announced its 2019-20 roster yet.
UND commit Carter Randklev of Moorhead didn't skate at the camp. He's recovering from an injury sustained last season.
Fargo also appears to have hit home runs on its Central Illinois dispersal draft picks.
Maine forward commit Lynden Breen, the No. 1 overall pick in the dispersal draft, was the best player at camp. Arizona State defenseman commit Max Bronstine, another dispersal pick, also had a strong week.
UND to play on Thanksgiving
For just the third time in program history, UND will play a Thanksgiving Day game this season when it takes on Minnesota in Minneapolis.
This story spells out the reasons for it -- as well as the reasons UND is probably happy about the Thursday game.
Eric Vegoe, who covers the Gophers for Gopher Puck Live and The Athletic, analyzed the differences in attendance between Sunday and Thursday games recently for the Gophers.
Badgers to play in Vancouver
College hockey teams are allowed to take one foreign trip every four years.
UND did that during the 2013-14 season, when it played two exhibition games in suburban Vancouver against he University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser.
Wisconsin will be making that same trip to play UBC this season, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
The Badgers aren't the only college hockey team taking their foreign trip this season.