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Jake Guentzel
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Born October 6, 1994 (1994-10-06) (age 24)
Omaha, Nebraska
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Center / Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 77th overall, 2013
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2016–present

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).

He was selected by the Penguins in the 3rd round (77th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Upon completing his junior year with the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the 2015–16 season, Jake concluded his collegiate career by signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 23, 2016.

On November 21, 2016, he made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers and scored two goals on his first two shots. Despite this, the Penguins lost the game 5–2.

On April 16, 2017, Jake 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, becoming 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.

Career StatisticsEdit

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 In progress
AHL totals 11 2 4 6 0 10 5 9 14 0

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
USHL
All-Rookie Team 2013
Rookie of the Year 2013
Second All-Star Team 2013
College
NCHC All-Rookie Team 2014

Personal LifeEdit

Jake comes from a hockey family; his dad Mike is associate head coach at the University of Minnesota. His older brother Ryan played collegiately and professionally.

His other 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.

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