Following the sudden, shocking death of head coach Red Gendron last week, the University of Maine announced this week that associate head coach Ben Guite will serve as interim head coach for the program.
Guite is a Maine alum that played a key role on the Black Bears 1999 NCAA championship team, and helped lead the team to the Frozen Four again in 2000. After college, he had a successful pro career that included 174 games at the NHL level and 582 games at the AHL level.
Guite began coaching in 2013, when he was hired onto Red Gendron’s staff as Maine. After two years as an assistant coach, he was promoted to associate head coach.
In the school’s press release, Maine athletic director Ken Ralph said:
“We are fortunate to have someone of Ben Guite’s experience and character to guide our program through this difficult time. Ben is a Black Bear alum, a national champion, played in the National Hockey League, and has established himself as one of the top assistant coaches in college hockey. More importantly, there is no one who cares more about the University of Maine and the success of its hockey program.”