Jr. | G | St.-Edouard-de-Lotbiniere, Quebec
Guimond sat out RIT's final season of Division
III hockey due to a brief stint in major juniors.
Key Statistics: A five-minute
appearance in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game
in 2001-01 wiped out an entire year of college eligibility
for Guimond – that was enough to scare off a number
of potential suitors. After sitting out RIT’s
final season at Division III, Guimond was the Tigers’
go-to man in their first season of Division I, playing
in 26 games and garnering 83 percent of ice time in
the nets. He stopped 91 percent of shots thrown at him
and posted a 3.32 goals-against average.
What He Does: Guimond,
24, makes his job look easy because he positions himself
well and rarely gives up big rebounds. A sharp glove
led to many great saves, including eight in an NCAA
record-tying 66-save effort against St. Lawrence on
October 28, 2005. Guimond, who plays the butterfly style,
moves well from post-to-post but he wants to get better.
He does need to improve his puck handling.
The Bigger Picture: Coach
Wayne Wilson was thrilled with Guimond’s efforts
as a “rookie” and doesn’t expect any
letdown. Guimond kept RIT in just about every game he
started – the Tigers were involved in 11 one-goal
decisions (1-10 record), and Guimond was on the short
end of five consecutive one-goal games in February.
Once Wilson’s Division I recruits begin to mature,
count on those numbers to turn around.
Guimond on his move from juniors
to Div. I hockey: “I prefer college hockey
way better. The caliber is better here than junior in
Canada. It’s faster. It’s more disciplined.
There is the school side as well – what I like
a lot is the crowd. The atmosphere is incredible (and)
the fans are crazy and supporting. It makes it even
more fun to play.’’