Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Adrian Aucoin
Adrian Aucoin's rise in the hockey world has been steady but ever progressive, beginning with his days in the Ontario junior A and a scholarship to Boston University for 1991-92. After that year, he was drafted by Vancouver, but rather than return to BU he opted to play for Canada's National team, with an eye to the 1994 Olympics.

Aucoin first played for Canada at the 1993 World Juniors on a gold-medal team and fulfilled his dream a year later. He stayed with the National program, and then played at the Lillehammer Olympics, joining Vancouver's AHL affiliate to close out the season and focusing on a career in the NHL.

As a member of Vancouver, he scored a goal in his first NHL game on May 3, 1995 against San Jose. In the next two years he slowly moved up the team's depth chart, and by 1996-97 he was an important part of the team's defence. Two years later, he made greater strides to eminence by scoring 23 goals from the blueline after making a full recovery from the previous year when he missed half a season with a serious ankle and groin injuries. Some 18 of those 23 scores were on the power play, tying a league record for defencemen held by Denis Potvin.

A member of Canada's World Championship team in 2000, Aucoin scoring dipped in 2000-01 and he was subsequently traded to Tampa Bay in the latter stages of the season. After only 26 games with Tampa, Aucoin was dealt to the New York Islanders prior to the 2001-02 season. Upon his arrival with the Islanders, the hard-shooting Aucoin was an offensive leader on the back end, establishing a career high 44 points (13-31-44) during the 2003-04 season.

Following the 2004-05 NHL lock out, Aucoin found himself on the move yet again, this time landing in the Windy City as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. In Chicago Aucoin as the clubs captain led a group of youngsters on a struggling Blackhawk club over two seasons, providing stability and experience on the team's blueline.

In the summer of 2007, the Blackhawks opted to deal Aucoin to the Calgary Flames, ending his two-year stint in Chicago.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 54 2 14 16 95 4 0 1 1
1990-91 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 56 17 33 50 125
1991-92 Boston University Terriers H-East 32 2 10 12 60
1992-93 Canada Nat-Tm 42 8 10 18 71
1992-93 Canada WJC-A 7 0 1 1 8
1993-94 Canada Nat-Tm 59 5 12 17 80
1993-94 Canada Olympics 4 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 13 1 2 3 19 -6 4 0 2 2 6
1994-95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 71 13 18 31 52 -14
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 1 0 1 0
1995-96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 4 14 18 34 +8 6 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 29 5 13 18 47 -3
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 5 16 21 63 0
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 35 3 3 6 21 -4
1998-99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 23 11 34 77 -14
1999-00 Canada Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 10 14 24 30 +7
1999-00 Canada WC-A 9 3 3 6 14 +7
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 3 13 16 20 +13
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 26 1 11 12 25 -8
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 81 12 22 34 62 +23 7 2 5 7 4
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 73 8 27 35 70 -5 5 1 2 3 4
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 81 13 31 44 54 +29 5 0 0 0 6
2004-05 MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik Sweden 14 2 4 6 32 -3 6 1 0 1 16
2005-06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 33 1 5 6 38 -13
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 59 4 12 16 50 -22
2007-08 Calgary Flames NHL 76 10 25 35 37 +13 7 0 3 3 4
2008-09 Calgary Flames NHL 81 10 24 34 46 -8 6 2 1 3 2
2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 8 20 28 56 +2 7 0 2 2 10
2010-11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 3 19 22 52 +18 4 0 0 0 2
2011-12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 2 7 9 42 +14 11 0 2 2 10
2012-13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 36 0 4 4 16 -8
NHL Totals 1108 121 278 399 793 62 6 15 21 44


Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004) Missed majority of 1997-98 due to ankle (October 4, 1997 vs. Anaheim) and groin (November 1, 1997 vs. Pittsburgh) injuries. Traded to Tampa Bay by Vancouver with Vancouver's 2nd round pick (Alexander Polushin) in 2001 NHL Draft for Dan Cloutier, February 7, 2001. Traded to NY Islanders by Tampa Bay with Alexander Kharitonov for Mathieu Biron and NY Islanders' 2nd round pick (later traded to Washington, later traded to Vancouver - Vancouver selected Denis Grot) in 2002 NHL Draft, June 22, 2001. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), December 21, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 2, 2005. Traded to Calgary by Chicago with Chicago's 7th round pick (C.J. Severyn) in 2007 NHL Draft for Andrei Zyuzin and Steve Marr, June 22, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 2, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 1, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, November 19, 2013.
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