Forward Mark Van Guilder made his NHL debut on Sunday when he suited up for the Nashville Predators during a 4-3 shootout win over the Washington Capitals.
Van Guilder logged 8:27 minutes of ice time during his first NHL action. It was a big moment for the 30-year-old who has spent the last six seasons playing professionally between the AHL and ECHL levels. He had recorded 28 points (14g, 14a) in 66 games for the Milwaukee Admirals at the time of his call-up to Nashville.
The Roseville, Minnesota native spent two seasons playing in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm (2002-04). He produced 19 points (11g, 8a) in 59 games as a rookie in 2002-03 before playing all 60 regular season games the next year and totaling 39 points (17g, 22a). The forward also finished second overall in the League with a plus-34 rating. Van Guilder helped the Storm win a team record 43 games in 2003-04 which was tops in the USHL and earned the Storm their first Anderson Cup title. He would add five points (3g, 2a) in 11 playoff games that year.
Following his time in the USHL, Van Guilder went on to a four-year college hockey career at the University of Notre Dame where he put up 98 points (42g, 56a) in 163 games at the school.
Notes…Van Guilder was joined during his NHL debut by fellow USHL alum Craig Smith (Waterloo Black Hawks, 2006-09) who had the shootout winner for Nashville. Two other USHL alumni were in the lineup for the Washington Capitals, defensemen John Carlson (Indiana Ice, 2006-08) and Patrick Wey (Waterloo Black Hawks, 2007-09)
USHL stats – Mark Van Guilder
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