Netminder Steve Guenette was a part-time NHLer in the 80s and 90s. He was a decent big league back up but was a dominant force in junior and the minors.
Born in Gloucester, Ontario, Guenette signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1985 after his second year with the OHL's Guelph Platers. He returned to junior and led his club to the Memorial Cup title. Guenette was named the top goalie at the Memorial Cup, a tournament all-star and was voted on to the OHL second all-star team.
Guenette spent most of his first pro season with the AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks then won 12 games for Pittsburgh in 1987-88. He also enjoyed a fine year in the minors with a 23-4-5 record for the IHL"s Muskegon Lumberjacks. Following the season he was named to the league's second all-star team and won the James Norris Memorial trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the "I".
The young netminder made 11 appearances for the Pens in 1988-89 but the club lost interest in him after they acquired Tom Barrasso. Guenette was traded to the Calgary Flames where he served as a useful farmhand. In 1990-91 he excelled for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles and led the CHL with 26 wins. Guenette retired the next season after making 21 appearances for the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL.