In Memoriam
Curtis R. McIntyre (1989 - 2012)

Curtis McIntyre was a member of the inaugural UT ice hockey team in 2010-11. Similar to other players who were part of the new team, he wanted to see the program take off and was frequently lending a hand during games and practices, as well as during other team related events off the ice.

In early 2011, Curtis noticed issues pertaining to his lymph nodes and immediately flew back to his home in Olney, Maryland. After his conditions were evaluated, he was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic T-cell Lymphoma, a rare type of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was forced to take a leave from school and undergo multiple rounds of chemotherapy. When Curtis was stable enough to return to Tampa, he wanted nothing more than to be with the people and team he truly cared about. He took on the role of president of the UT ice hockey club and led various efforts to bring fans out to the games and sell team merchandise. He also made it his mission to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Although he was battling Lymphoma himself, he wanted to do everything he could to help others who were going through the same thing.

Later in 2011, he organized a benefit game called “LLS night,” which raised money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At the event, UT fans packed the stands at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy. The Spartans fought hard to win the game for their teammate, who was battling for his life. People in attendance participated in various raffles, including an autographed Tampa Bay Lightning jersey, donated by the Lightning organization for Curtis’ cause.

In September 2011, Curtis was declared cancer free. It appeared he had successfully defeated the disease, but shortly after hearing the amazing news, he relapsed in late October as the Lymphoma re-appeared in his body. Around this time, UT was scheduled to play USF at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the school’s first game ever on NHL ice. The team decided to dedicate this night to Curtis through a fund raiser called “Curtis Cross-Checks Cancer.” Close friends Charly Stinson and Jenn Velandia organized the fundraising, which pooled about $1,300 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Game day festivities included the selling of bracelets, as well as raffling off gift cards from local businesses, hockey gloves and Taylor Swift autographed merchandise. There was also a silent auction for a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey, autographed by the entire Lightning team. A record attendance for a Spartan hockey game was set with about 1,000 fans in the arena, all showing their support for Curtis. A DVD was produced from the game and mailed to Curtis as a reminder that his school and community were behind him in Tampa.  

Curtis was never able to return as a student to UT as a result of his relapse. He was not responding positively to treatments due to the intensity of the relapse. A bone marrow transplant was attempted as a final effort to save his life, but it was not successful. On April 5, 2012, Curtis lost his battle with Lymphoma at the age of twenty two.

Curtis’ passion was helping other people and making every day count. His true colors showed through his positive attitude, bravery, and optimism throughout his rigorous battle with Lymphoma. His legacy as a humble warrior who wanted nothing more than to see others enjoying life to the fullest and being the best they could be will live on forever.