A fourth-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2002 and has participated in the Rangers' rookie camp the last three years ... describes himself as "a tough, steady, reliable defenseman who will do anything to help the team win" ... he and former Buckeye teammate and two-time captain JB Bittner were teammates growing up in the Pittsburgh Hornets junior hockey organization ... favorite player is Ulf Samuelsson because he "grew up watching him help lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups. I admired his tough, rugged play and willingness to sacrifice his body for the good of the team." ... Favorites: Book - It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong; Music - The Clarks; Movie - The Count of Monte Cristo; TV Show - Howard Stern; Actress - Jaime Pressly; Actor - Robert Deniro; Team - Pittsburgh Steelers; Athlete - Lance Armstrong; Food - mom's spaghetti ... hometown of Hopewell Township, with a population of 13,254, is about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh; it has two stoplights and no post office.
Ohio State Career
Serving as team captain after spending the last two seasons as an alternate captain for the squad ... nine minutes behind 10th-place for career penalty minutes (313) ... 2005 All-CCHA Second Team selection and a Top 3 finalist for league best defensive defenseman honors ... honorable mention All-CCHA accolades in 2004 and an honorable mention all-league choice in 2003 ... OSU's CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2005 ... 2004 CCHA All-Academic First Team honoree, the first sophomore in the league to be so honored since 1993 ... three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, as well as a two-time winner of the Center Ice Club Scholar-Athlete Award ... returned to action in the beginning of the 2004-05 season after recovering from a serious neck injury suffered Feb. 6, 2004 that caused him to miss the last 13 games of the 2003-04 campaign.
2004-05 (Junior Season)
Second Team All-CCHA selection and finalist for CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman award ... Played in 41-of-42 games on the year, with two goals and 12 assists for 14 points ... 10th in Buckeye history with 136 penalty minutes (on 49 penalties) during the season ... led Buckeyes with 49 recorded blocked shots on the year ... +1 or better in four of last eight games ... blocked five shots in CCHA championship game vs. Michigan ... had an assist vs. Michigan State in CCHA semifinal ... CCHA Defenseman of the Week Feb. 7 after going +2 and posting an assist in game two of OSU's sweep of Lake State ... scored gamewinner at Notre Dame Jan. 14 ... had a helper in 4-3 victory over Western Michigan Jan. 28 ... had a three-game assist streak, with a helper in each game vs. UAF (Dec. 3-4) and in the first game at Clarkson (Dec. 10) ... scored a goal in 9-3 win over Miami Oct. 21 ... assists also came vs. SHU Pioneers Nov. 5 and vs. NMU Nov. 13, vs. Ferris State Feb. 7 and at MSU Feb. 19 ... first on the team with 49 penalties and 136 penalty minutes (had a penalty in all but nine games) ... suspended for the Nov. 6 Sacred Heart game after receiving a game disqualification in the Nov. 5 contest, marking only game he missed on the year ... played in 100th career game vs. Lake Superior State Feb. 5 ... preseason All-CCHA honorable mention selection, receiving seven first-team votes ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten pick, the Center Ice Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the OSU winner for CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year..
2003-04 (Sophomore Season)
Alternate captain ... All-CCHA honorable mention pick ... named to CCHA All-Academic First Team, the only non-senior and non-forward named to the team and the first sophomore to be honored since Bowling Green's Brian Holzinger in 1993 ... earned Center Ice Club Scholar-Athlete Award ... ranked second in scoring among defensemen on the squad with career-best 17 points, including career-best 15 assists, in 29 games ... injured early in the game at Ferris State Feb. 6, forcing him to miss the last 13 games ... named to Everblades College Classic all-tournament team after posting two assists in the tourney ... five two-point games, posting two assists against Miami (Oct. 4), UAF (Oct. 31) and Maine (Dec. 27) and a goal and an assist at Michigan State (Oct. 17) and at Bowling Green (Nov. 29) ... earned CCHA Defensive Player of the Week accolades Oct. 6 following the Lefty McFadden Invitational where he was +1 in each game and on the ice for just one goal against, as well as posting two assists (including one on Dave Steckel's gamewinner) ... even or better in all but four games, with four +2 and 10 +1 outings ... led the Buckeyes with 34 penalties for 92 minutes, including six penalties for 28 minutes at UM Jan. 10 ... Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month in December ... earned OSU Scholar-Athlete accolades.
2002-03 (Freshman Season)
Honorable mention CCHA All-Rookie Team selection ... played in 42-of-43 games ... posted two goals and nine assists for 11 points, ranking second among defensemen on the squad ... had just eight games with a minus rating ... +9 rating tied for fourth on the squad ... +1 or better in 14 games, including a +3 outing vs. Michigan State (Nov. 16) ... scored first career goal at Northern Michigan March 1 ... had an assist in the first game at NMU for a two-point weekend ... assisted on Miguel Lafleche's gamewinning goal vs. WMU Feb. 8 ... had two assists and was +2 in both games against Bowling Green ... first career point was an assist on Rod Pelley's goal at Ferris State Nov. 23 ... also had an assist on R.J. Umberger's goals vs. UNO Dec. 14 and vs. UMass Dec. 28 ... +1 or better in 6-of-7 games from Dec. 1-Jan. 24 ... first on the team in penalties (37) and penalty minutes (85) ... assessed a fighting major and game disqualification against UNO Jan. 24 and was suspended for the Jan. 25 game vs. the Mavericks.
Prior to Ohio
State Drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 127th overall selection and the Rangers' third pick ... played two seasons for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL ... served as team captain in final season ... played in 54 games in 2001, posting 2-11-13 totals and 70 PIM ... in 2002, saw action in 55 games with 4-11-15 totals and 150 PIM ... had seven points (3-4) in seven playoff games ... coached by Mark Osiecki ... competed in the 2002 Viking Cup with the USA Junior Select Team ... named to the 2001 USHL All-Rookie team ... a member of the 2002 USHL Top Prospects squad ... participated in the 2002 USHL All-Star Game ... the Gamblers were the USHL Eastern Division champions in 2001 and 2002 ... one of six Gamblers drafted in 2002 ... graduated from Ashwaubenon High School ... attended Hopewell Area (Pa.) in grades 9-11 ... a member of the National Honor Society ... class president as a sophomore and junior.
Off the Ice
Born Dec. 10, 1982 in Sewickley, Pa. ... son of Kevin and Carla Guenin ... hobbies include reading, biking and touring with the Clarks ... finance major ... nickname is Nasty ... won the school spelling bee in sixth grade ... full name is Nathaniel Lawrence Guenin.
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