The University of Maine hockey program announced the promotion of Ben Guite from assistant coach to associate head coach on Wednesday night.
Guite, a Montreal, Quebec native, played for the Black Bears from 1996-2000. He was an integral part of the 1999 NCAA Championship team that won it all in overtime against archrival New Hampshire. After concluding his collegiate career, Guite enjoyed a 13-year pro career that spanned the NHL and AHL. He played in 175 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators.
Guite is expected to be the successor to Red Gendron, according to several sources with knowledge of the program. Guite is a tireless recruiter who has done a good job finding some diamonds in the rough for the next few years, despite facing one of the lesser recruiting budgets in Hockey East.