University of Maine men’s ice hockey head coach Red Gendron has announced the hiring of former Black Bear men’s ice hockey student-athlete Ben Guite as an assistant coach. Guite played four years at Maine where he helped lead the Black Bears to the 1999 NCAA National Championship.”The University of Maine hockey program is delighted to have acquired the services of Ben Guite,” commented Gendron. “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,” said 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.”While at Maine, Guite helped lead the Black Bears to their second national championship in 1999 before being named an assistant captain and guiding the Black Bears back to the Frozen Four in 2000. Guite totaled 47 goals, including nine game-winners, and added 49 assists for 96 points in 146 games at Maine. A Montreal, Quebec native, Guite scored the first goal in Maine’s national championship victory over New Hampshire and added an assist in the Frozen Four semifinal win over Boston College. During his senior year in 1999-00, Guite totaled a team-high 22 goals with 14 assists for 36 points in 40 games. As a junior, the former Black Bear forward had 12 goals and 16 assists in 40 games after totaling six goals and 12 assists in 32 games as a sophomore. During his rookie season, Guite ranked second among Maine first-year players with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists in 34 games.After his time at Maine, Guite spent 13 years in the professional hockey ranks where he totaled 175 games in the National Hockey League (NHL), 585 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) and 68 contests with the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League). Guite spent four years in the NHL where he competed for the Boston Bruins (2005-06), Colorado Avalanche (2006-07, 2008-09) and Nashville Predators (2009-10). Guite totaled 19 goals, including one playoff goal, and 26 assists while with the NHL. Guite tallied 103 goals and 176 assists with the AHL after notching 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in the ECHL.Guite also has significant experience with the Players’ Association as he spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as a PHPA Executive Committee member after serving the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons as an NHLPA player representative. Guite also served as a PHPA player representative in 2005-06 and 2009-10.The former Black Bear assistant captain participated in the 2012 NHL Draft Coaching Clinic. Guite also dedicated countless hours to hockey school coaching around the country including the University of Maine Hockey School in Orono, Bill Armstrong Hockey in Providence, R.I., Can/Am Hockey in Lake Placid, N.Y., Huron Hockey in Orange, N.J. and Outside Edge Hockey in Denver, Colo.Guite earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maine in 2000 before achieving his Masters in Business Administration from Maine in 2009.Guite and his wife, Kristen, a Portland, Maine native and University of Maine alumna, are the proud parents of two sons, Patrick, age two and Maxime who was born on Feb. 25, 2013.