Nate Guenin

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Nate Guenin
Nate Guenin Avalanche-2.jpg
Born (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 31)
Sewickley, PA, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Columbus Blue Jackets
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 127th overall, 2002
New York Rangers
Playing career 2006–present

Nathaniel Lawrence Guenin (born December 10, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing with the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Guenin played high school hockey in the Pittsburgh suburb of Hopewell. He was drafted 127th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. After completing a four year collegiate career with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Guenin was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers on August 16, 2006. Nate made his professional debut in the 2006–07 season with the Flyers affiliate the Phantoms of the American Hockey League. Later in the season Guenin made his NHL debut with the Flyers. Guenin recorded his first and second assists on March 31, 2007 vs. the New Jersey Devils.[1]

After spending the next two seasons primarily with the Phantoms, Guenin signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 3, 2009. On February 11, 2010, Guenin was traded by the Penguins to the St. Louis Blues for Steven Wagner.[2]

On July 2, 2010, Guenin signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[3] He was assigned to start the 2010–11 season with AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, but was later recalled and made his Blue Jackets debut in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on October 16, 2010.[4] After 3 games with Columbus, Guenin was returned to the Falcons and on January 4, 2011, was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Trevor Smith.[5]

Guenin was signed to two-year extension with Anaheim on June 17, 2011.[6] In the following 2011–12 season, Guenin made the Ducks opening night roster. His first NHL goal was scored on October 7, 2011 as a member of the Ducks against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. Guenin played in 15 games with the Ducks before he was re-assigned to the Syracuse Crunch.

With the NHL lockout in affect, Guenin was directly assigned to captain new Ducks AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals for the 2012–13 season. On January 13, 2013, he was waived by the Anaheim Ducks in preparation of the shortened NHL season before returning to the Admirals. In 66 games, Guenin contributed with 4 goals and 24 points.

On July 5, 2013, Guenin was signed to a one-year, two way contract as a free agent with the Colorado Avalanche.[7] Guenin impressed Avalanche coach Patrick Roy with his performance in the training camp before the season which lead to him staying up with the NHL team for the start of the season. After playing the first 9 games with the Avalanche, Roy told Guenin he would be staying in the NHL for the rest of the season.[8] Midway through the season, having held down his position among the Colorado blueline, Guenin was signed to a two-year contract extension on January 7, 2014.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Guenin with the Ducks in 2012.
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 54 2 11 13 70 4 1 1 2 6
2001–02 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 56 4 11 15 150 7 3 3 6 10
2002–03 Ohio State Buckeyes CCHA 42 2 9 11 75
2003–04 Ohio State Buckeyes CCHA 29 2 15 17 92
2004–05 Ohio State Buckeyes CCHA 41 2 12 14 136
2005–06 Ohio State Buckeyes CCHA 39 0 11 11 87
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 68 3 9 12 92
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 77 4 13 17 146 12 0 1 1 18
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 62 0 14 14 95 4 0 0 0 10
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 41 3 2 5 63
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 27 2 11 13 35
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 30 0 5 5 21
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Syracuse Crunch AHL 42 2 10 12 44
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 15 2 0 2 6
2011–12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 27 0 5 5 16 4 0 0 0 14
2012–13 Norfolk Admirals AHL 66 4 20 24 38
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 68 1 8 9 46 7 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 100 3 10 13 60 7 0 1 1 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
CCHA All-Academic Team 2004
All-CCHA Second Team 2004-05
NCAA Champion 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Hockey Players from Western Pennsylvania". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Penguins deal Western Pennsylvania native Guenin". Post-gazette.com. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Blue Jackets minor moves". The Columbus Dispatch. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2". CBS Sports. 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Ducks acquire Guenin from Blue Jackets for Trevor Smith". The Sports Network. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Ducks sign Guenin to two-year extension". Anaheim Ducks. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  7. ^ "Avalanche announce signings". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  8. ^ "Avalanche's Nate Guenin took long, hard road to reach NHL". The Denver Post. 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Nate Guenin signed by Avs to two-year extension". Denver Post. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 

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