May. 2, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defenseman Nate Guenin has been voted the Ohio State men’s hockey team captain for the 2005-06 season, head coach John Markell announced. Forward Rod Pelley and defenseman Sean Collins will serve as alternate captains for the squad. All three were chosen by a vote of their teammates.
“Anytime you’re voted into a leadership position by your teammates it’s a tremendous honor,” Markell said. “It’s a reflection of the actions of these three players both on and off the ice and the dedication they’ve shown to the program. Rod and Sean will be a great complement to Nate. The three will do a great job in leading our young squad.”
Guenin, a rising senior from Aliquppa, Pa., served as an alternate captain for the Buckeyes the last two seasons. He was a 2005 All-CCHA Second Team selection and was a Top 3 finalist for CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman honors. As a finance major, Guenin was the CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree for Ohio State, earned the Center Ice Club Scholar-Athlete award and will be a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Guenin played in 41 games last season, posting 2-12-14 totals and a team-high 136 penalty minutes. He has seen action in 112 career games, with a 6-36-42 line. Guenin was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Guenin takes over the captaincy from two-time leader JB Bittner, who completed his eligibility this past season. The duo grew up playing hockey together in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Hornets junior hockey organization.
Pelley, from Kitimat, British Columbia, will be a senior next season. He also was an alternate captain in 2004-05, when he earned second team all-league honors. He finished second on the team with a career-best 22 goals and 41 points in 41 games. Pelley, who has missed just one game in his career, has 40-34-74 totals in 126 career games played.
Collins, a Troy, Mich., native, is a rising junior. He was an honorable mention All-CCHA choice last season and was a finalist for CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman honors. He led the Buckeye defensemen with a career-best nine goals, 17 assists and 26 points. Collins has played in 81 career games for the Buckeyes and has 12 goals and 42 points in his career.