Nate Guenin, Colorado Avalanche Defenseman and Dog Lover!

June 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm
Nate with Zoey the Pit Bull

Nate with Zoey the Pit Bull

By Zoey the Pit Bull Reporter

Photos by Karen Hoglund Photography
Photos taken at Intergroup Architects in Downtown Littleton

In ice hockey, a defenseman is one of two players on the ice whose primary responsibility is to protect the goaltender and prevent the opposing team from scoring.   Along with stopping anything and everything from getting remotely close to the net, defensemen also assist their forwards so they can score.  Defenseman play a huge role in the game of hockey, and though they may not always lead the team in scoring, the Colorado Avalanche scored a big one when they signed Nate Guenin!

As a defenseman, Nate plays hard to keep the puck from going in the net!  He recently signed a two year contract with the Colorado Avalanche, but it’s Nate’s giving side and his love for pit bulls that really scores big with me!  Aside from being an awesome hockey player, Nate is an advocate for homeless animals.  Along with his girlfriend Megan, Nate is a pet parent to rescue dogs Diesel and Waylon, both of them Pit Bulls, and he advocates for pet adoption.  “We’ve experienced first-hand the love and companionship an adopted pet brings into the home.  When we rescued Waylon in August of 2013, we hit the jackpot!  He fit in right away and makes us smile every day.  It’s almost like he knows we saved his life and wants to make us happy all the time.”

There are millions of homeless animals throughout the country, and pet adoption is something that Nate believes in and takes very seriously.  “The team hosts a holiday fundraiser in which the wives and girlfriends decorate individual Christmas trees that are auctioned off for charity.  Megan and I chose to donate the proceeds from my tree to the Longmont Humane Society because of their amazing dedication to find animals homes.  If anyone is looking to adopt a new member into their family, they should definitely check them out!”  I also want to add that along with Nate’s donation, he rallied to ‘assist’ me during the holiday season by loading up my “monster” truck load of toys, treats and food that I collected for the yearly I’m Not a Monster Holiday Drive and helping me deliver them to Longmont Humane Society.  Talk about an awesome sleigh ride!

Ohio is Nate’s hometown but the quaint town of Littleton is where he resides during the hockey season for a number of reasons.  “I chose Littleton because it is a safe and welcoming place for our two dogs.  We immediately fell in love with the town and it’s an easy commute to the practice rink and the Pepsi Center.  Ironically, I also watched a documentary prior to signing with the Avalanche that discussed how Denver was one of the most restrictive cities in the U.S. for owning a Pit Bull.  After signing, we did a bunch of homework to find out more about the law which led us to Littleton.”

There’s no doubt about it, the Avs picked a great guy when they chose Nate Guenin!

He shoots, he SCORES!

Longmont Humane Society

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