Guenin with the Colorado Avalanche in November 2014
December 10, 1982 |
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||127th overall, 2002
New York Rangers
Nathaniel Lawrence Guenin (born December 10, 1982) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League (NHL).
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.
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.
On July 2, 2010, Guenin signed a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. 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. 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.
Guenin was signed to two-year extension with Anaheim on June 17, 2011. 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 reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch.
With the NHL lockout in effect, 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. Guenin impressed Avalanche coach Patrick Roy with his performance in the training camp before the season which led 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. 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.
In the 2015–16 season, Guenin struggled to reproduce his previous season form and was healthy scratched after going scoreless in 29 games. He was waived by the Avalanche on January 13, 2016 in order to bring up rookie defenseman Chris Bigras and Nikita Zadorov. Unclaimed, Guenin remained with the Avalanche as a reserve defenseman before he was again placed on waivers and assigned to AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, on February 18, 2016.
At the conclusion of his contract and tenure with the Avalanche, Guenin signed a one-year, two-way contract to return for a second stint with the Anaheim Ducks on July 2, 2016.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||3||0||0||0||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||24||2||9||11||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||San Diego Gulls||AHL||56||2||10||12||28||10||1||1||2||0|
Awards and honors
|CCHA All-Academic Team||2004|
|All-CCHA Second Team||2005|
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- "Penguins deal Western Pennsylvania native Guenin". Post-gazette.com. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- "Blue Jackets minor moves". The Columbus Dispatch. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
- "Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2". CBS Sports. 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
- "Ducks acquire Guenin from Blue Jackets for Trevor Smith". The Sports Network. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
- "Ducks sign Guenin to two-year extension". Anaheim Ducks. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
- "Avalanche announce signings". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Avalanche's Nate Guenin took long, hard road to reach NHL". The Denver Post. 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "Nate Guenin signed by Avs to two-year extension". Denver Post. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
- "Avs place Nate Guenin on waivers". Denver Post. 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- "Ducks sign Guenin to one-year contract". Anaheim Ducks. 2016-07-02. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
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