College Hockey:
Maine brings back former forward Guite as new assistant coach

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.

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  • hockeyman41

    I wonder if Paul Kariya is available to fill a role on the team. He could help jump start that program with just his presence at practice and on the bench, not to mention recruiting.

    • SaveMaineHockey

      I think he’s still working out the cobwebs, unfortunately. Would be a fun addition behind the bench.

      • hockeyman41

        I don’t know how much strategy he could bring but I do know he is a total class act and he is still very popular in Maine. I was in Bangor on business about ten years ago and there was a huge poster of Paul (during his Maine playing days) hanging in a storefront window. Also – can you imagine how valuable he would be for the program both in the community and with recruiting efforts? I’m fairly sure if Paul Kariya paid a visit to recruit an elite prospect (perhaps considering Major Junior) and talk Maine hockey it would help jump start what Gendron and Guite are going to build.

  • BBear94

    Paul Kariya will be joining the Denver staff next season, according to a little birdie I know…

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