Open main menu

Jake Guentzel (born October 6, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).[2] He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round, 77th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Guentzel has won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017.

Jake Guentzel
Jake Guentzel 2017-06-08 1.jpg
Guentzel with the Penguins during the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals
Born (1994-10-06) October 6, 1994 (age 25)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 77th overall, 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2016–present

Playing careerEdit

Born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 6, 1994, Guentzel grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota. He played two years of varsity hockey at the Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minnesota, before committing to the University of Nebraska Omaha after his senior season.[3]

In his freshman year at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Guentzel was named to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, the NCHC All-Conference Rookie Team and was a finalist for NCHC Rookie of the Year.[4] In his sophomore season, he helped guide the Mavericks to their first showing in the Frozen Four, scoring the teams only goal in a 4–1 loss to the Providence Friars.[5]

On August 27, 2015, before Guentzel's junior year, he was named a co-captain along with Brian Cooper after a vote by the team.[6] After the 2015–16 season, Guentzel signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 23, 2016.[7]

 
Jake Guentzel, Nick Bonino, and Kris Letang celebrating the Penguins' Stanley Cup win in 2017

Guentzel began the 2016–17 season with the Penguins American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.[8] After a recall, Guentzel made his NHL debut on November 21, 2016, against the New York Rangers, where he scored two goals on his first two shots.[9] Despite this, the Penguins lost the game 5–2.[10]

On March 21, 2017, Guentzel suffered a concussion on a check from Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. He missed the next 4 games, while Ristolainen was suspended by the league for 3 games.[11] On April 16, 2017, he scored a hat-trick, which included the game winning goal in overtime, to put the Penguins up 3–0 in their first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He became the first Penguins rookie to score a playoff hat-trick, and only the second rookie in NHL history to score a hat-trick and overtime goal in the same game of the playoffs.[12] On June 11, 2017, Guentzel won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators in six games. During the run, Guentzel recorded 21 points, tying Dino Ciccarelli and Ville Leino for points by a rookie in a single post-season. His 13 goals was one off of Ciccarelli's record.[13]

Guentzel began the 2017–18 season in the NHL, putting up a career high 48 points in 82 games to help the Penguins qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. During the first round of the playoffs, Guentzel recorded four goals in an 8–5 Game 6 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.[14] He became the third Penguins player, behind Mario Lemieux and Kevin Stevens, to record four goals in a playoff game.[15]

 
Guentzel with his family following the Penguins' Stanley Cup win in 2017

The 2018–19 season marked the last year Guentzel was on his entry level rookie contract. The Penguins began the season with a slow start, landing near the bottom of the league in early November.[16] On November 24, 2018, Guentzel recorded his first regular season hat trick in a 4–2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.[17] The following month, on December 27, the Penguins re-signed Guentzel to a five year, $30 million contact.[18] Guentzel recorded his second regular season hat trick in a 7–4 win over the Anaheim Ducks on January 11, 2019.[19] His hat trick was the first by a Penguins player ever against the Anaheim Ducks.[20] After a two goal game the following night against the Los Angeles Kings, Guentzel was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Guentzel comes from a hockey family.[22] His father, Mike, was a standout athlete for Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minnesota, and subsequently played hockey for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Later on Mike became the associate head coach at the University of Minnesota.[23] Guentzel was a stick boy for the team when future Penguins teammate Phil Kessel played for Minnesota.[24] His older brother, Ryan, played collegiately and professionally.[25][26] Another older brother, Gabe, played in the North American Hockey League and the United States Hockey League before embarking on a four-year NCAA career at Colorado College.[27]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Bold indicates led league

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Hill-Murray School USHS 25 15 28 43 10 3 4 2 6 4
2011–12 Hill-Murray School USHS 31 23 52 75 16 3 1 4 5 0
2012–13 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 60 29 44 73 24
2013–14 U. of Nebraska Omaha NCHC 37 7 27 34 16
2014–15 U. of Nebraska Omaha NCHC 36 14 25 39 34
2015–16 U. of Nebraska Omaha NCHC 35 19 27 46 20
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 11 2 4 6 0 10 5 9 14 0
2016–17 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 33 21 21 42 12
2016–17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 16 17 33 10 25 13 8 21 10
2017–18 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 22 26 48 42 12 10 11 21 8
2018–19 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 40 36 76 26 4 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 204 78 79 157 78 41 24 19 43 18

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
USHL
All-Rookie Team 2013
Rookie of the year 2013 [28]
Second All-Star Team 2013
Jake’s Shake, Milkshake Factory 2019
College
NCHC All-Rookie Team 2014
NHL
Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2017 [29]
Prince of Wales Trophy (Pittsburgh Penguins) 2017 [30]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Boone, Tony (November 14, 2015). "Guentzel's hockey career winds up down the street from where he was born". World-Herald. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Jake Guentzel Stats and News". National Hockey League. November 22, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jake Guentzel Hockey's Future Page". Hockey's Future. Retrieved May 23, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "JAKE GUENTZEL". omavs.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Boone, Tony (April 9, 2015). "Providence's unrelenting pressure tops UNO in Frozen Four". omaha.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "COOPER, GUENTZEL NAMED HOCKEY CAPTAINS". omavs.com. August 27, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Penguins sign forward Jake Guentzel to three-year entry-level deal". Pittsburgh Penguins. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  8. ^ "GUENTZEL, ROWNEY ASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE". wbspenguins.com. October 7, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Guentzel, Jake (May 12, 2017). "Kesselmania Runs Wild". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Tasch, Justin (November 21, 2016). "Rangers score five unanswered goals to pound Penguins, 5–2". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  11. ^ Brandon Schlager. "Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen gets three-game ban for hit on Penguins' Jake Guentzel". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Michelle Crechiolo (April 16, 2017). "The Inside Scoop: Guentzel's Goals". NHL.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Campbell, Tim (June 9, 2017). "Jake Guentzel of Penguins ties rookie record for playoff points". NHL.com. NHL. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  14. ^ Gretz, Adam (April 22, 2018). "Guentzel scores 4 as Penguins eliminate Flyers in bonkers Game 6". nhl.nbcsports.com. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  15. ^ @penguins (April 22, 2018). "Guentzel has recorded just the third four-goal game in Penguins playoff history. The others? Mario Lemieux on 04.25.89 (five goals) and Kevin Stevens on 05.21.91" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Gretz, Adam (November 7, 2018). "Obviously unhappy GM rips Penguins' slow start". nhl.nbcsports.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  17. ^ Crosby, Wes (November 24, 2018). "Guentzel hat trick sparks Penguins past Blue Jackets". NHL.com. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  18. ^ Johnston, Mike (December 27, 2018). "Penguins sign Jake Guentzel to big five-year contract extension". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  19. ^ Arritt, Dan (January 12, 2019). "Ducks lose 10th straight game after Penguins score seven". NHL.com. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  20. ^ @SethRorabaugh (January 11, 2019). "Jake Guentzel recorded the Penguins' first hat trick in franchise history against the Ducks. The Penguins' last hat trick in California was recorded by Ron Francis in a 9-1 win at San Jose, Nov. 10, 1995" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Giordano leads 3 Stars of the Week". NHL.com. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  22. ^ "All In The Family". Minnesota Hockey Journal. December 6, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  23. ^ "Mike Guentzel Bio:: University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site :: Ice Hockey". www.gophersports.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  24. ^ Sadler, Emily (May 13, 2017). "Penguins' Guentzel shares awesome story of meeting Kessel as a kid". Sportsnet.ca. Sportsnet. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  25. ^ "Ryan Guentzel | LinkedIn". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  26. ^ "RYAN GUENTZEL". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  27. ^ "Gabe Guentzel – 2011–2012 Men's Ice Hockey". Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  28. ^ "Jake Guentzel named USHL rookie of the year". juniorhockey.com. May 3, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  29. ^ "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 11, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  30. ^ Crosby, Wes (May 26, 2017). "Penguins defeat Senators in 2OT of Game 7, return to Cup Final". NHL.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018.

External linksEdit