Maine has announced the hiring of former Black Bears’ forward Ben Guite as an assistant coach.
Guite played four years at Maine (1996-2000) where he helped lead the Black Bears to the 1999 national championship and back to the Frozen Four in 2000.
“The University of Maine hockey program is delighted to have acquired the services of Ben Guite,” said Maine head coach Red Gendron in a statement. “As a player here at Maine, he was an extraordinary leader and national champion, combined with excellence in both the community and his academic endeavors. He had an exceptional professional career and now he returns to the program that he loves as deeply as any Maine hockey player who’s ever played here.”
“I am thrilled and very excited to be back where it all started for me at the University of Maine,” added Guite. “Red and I both share a huge passion for Maine hockey and we feel honored to represent and give back to the university as coaches. Red has incredible drive and experience and we both share a common goal – to bring Maine hockey back to prominence and national champions. For me, this is a chance to give that back to the program. I am very fortunate for my experience here at Maine and to give the community the opportunity to enjoy what I lived and enjoyed here would be an honor.”
Guite registered 47 goals and 49 assists for 96 points in 146 games at Maine.
After his time at Maine, Guite spent 13 years in the pro ranks where he totaled 175 games in the NHL with Boston, Colorado and Nashville, 585 games in the American Hockey League and 68 games in the ECHL.